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Will the Town of Hempstead Finally Join the Rest of Long Island? [Complete Streets]

The other day I did an article about bike lanes on Park Avenue in Long Beach where I briefly mentioned the Complete Streets-concept (read –Are Bike Lanes on Park Avenue even possible?). I was originally going to write more, especially on how every Long Island township, with the exception of the Town of Hempstead (TOH) were on board with Complete Streets. Newsday is reporting that the TOH are making steps to finally make it happen:

“The Hempstead Town board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a policy that would consider safety and convenient access for all users of town roads — including people in cars, on foot, on bicycles and on buses — in the design, construction and revamping of town streets. The towns of North HempsteadBabylonIslipBrookhaven and Southampton already have adopted similar policies. (Source – Hempstead to vote on road design policy)

Of course people who left comments for that article have no [insert bad curse word] clue. This does not mean that every single street will be retrofitted into a Complete Street over night. It simply means that when it’s time to redesign/renovate a road, Complete Streets will be considered.

“OMG, IT’S GOING TO COST US SO MUCH $$$$$$$”

Yeah, because white paint is soooooooooo expensive.

Get a life. Safer streets are a priority as far as I’m concerned.

(sorry, just cranky)

Why does this matter to us in Long Beach since we’re not in the Town of Hempstead? Well, all of our neighboring towns (Atlantic Beach, Oceanside, Island Park, Harbor Island, Barnum Island, Lido Beach and Point Lookout) are. Austin Blvd in Island Park, which is especially dangerous for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, is apparently undergoing a traffic study. Let’s hope they make it a safer road and not just pour new blacktop. (read – A Safer Austin Boulevard?)

I think we all pretty much agree how bicycling on Lido Blvd in Lido Beach should be safer. The current design, even with those new medians, actually makes me drive my car faster. That road would have benefited tremendously with Complete Streets. As of now, the only safe way to ride your bike there is on the sidewalk which is against the law.

Like that Newsday article says: Long Island in general is home to most of the dangerous roads in the region and the Town of Hempstead is not excluded from that.”

Harbor Isle Condos – The developer’s website

The Harbor Isle condo development was mentioned way back in July.  I just did some poking around the web and found the developer’s website. I figured a few of you might be interested in seeing how this project pans out. The website has a few more photos of what the final development will look like.

I actually think this is a great project. That land in Harbor Isle, just west of Island Park, isn’t a protected wetland-  it’s a Brownfield and it looks UGLY. Besides, with the exception of Long Beach, dense water-front property is hard to come by in Nassau County, so I think the demand is there.  I love the nautical look, the boardwalk and the fact that it might help revitalize the Island Park downtown. I just hope this is what the final development actually looks like. Please no fucco (fake stucco)!!

website: posillicogroup.com

Harbor Isle Condos move one step closer to reality

1276108365_0d06Just over the Long Beach bridge and to the left you will find a tiny area off Island Park called Harbor Isle.   For a while now there has been a controversial project to bring condos to the vacant, industrial waterfront – an area that can be seen from Long Beach on the bay side.

The Island Park Herald wrote a whole article (New Plans for Harbor Isle Condos) a few weeks ago.  I suggest you read it if you want more info.

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Anyways, according to Newsday, this past tuesday the Town Of Hempstead approved the project and it’s one step closer to being developed.   Buried in the Murray, Residents Spar over Hempstead’s Coliseum Plans article is this little snippet:

Also Tuesday, the board allowed a condominium development in Harbor Isle to move forward, approving a conversion of 10 percent of its 167 proposed units to rentals. In five years, the rentals must be sold to independent owners.

The waterfront development on a contaminated industrial site still must be approved by the County Planning Commission and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

I’m going to give the Herald credit for the photos.  Oh, but the poor photoshopped map below was made by me.

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