Transit-Oriented Growth Is No Universal Cure-All for Villages on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York On the North Shore, the Village of Bayville is looking to keep young professionals on Long Island, and so it plans to allow additional apartments in its downtown business district to attract them.On the South Shore, the Village of Lindenhurst is seeking to reinvigorate its downtown, and so it is working with the Lindenhurst Economic Development Committee to explore its growth options.Bayville’s residents reportedly aren’t happy with even the prospect of additional growth. Lindenhurst’s villagers seem more open to the idea of future development, but are cautiously optimistic.Although these two villages differ in size and background, they both want to take a similar approach to revitalization: transit-oriented development. The question is not about their similarity but their difference, and whether the same approach makes sense for each community.Bayville is a small beachfront village with more than 6,700 residents living within its 1.4-square miles. It takes more than an hour to reach the community from New York City via the Long Island Rail Road and a cab ride. Its relative isolation and the cyclical nature of its local economy make it hard to envision Bayville as a transit-oriented destination, let alone a vital hub. After all, Halloween only comes once a year and even its Bayville Adventure Park has to adapt to the seasons to stay viable.Understandably, citing a commercial property vacancy rate of 40 percent, Bayville’s Mayor Paul Rupp wants to reduce blight, but his approach to doing so—letting new apartment buildings contain up to nine units in the business district—highlights the lack of cohesive planning guidance that Nassau County provides each little municipality within its domain. Left on their own, these village officials too often spout the faulty concepts of Brain Drain, and a new inductee into the Hall of Buzzwords, Revitalization. Given that census figures don’t exactly support the notion of a mass exodus of 20-somethings, it is a faulty foundation on which to build policy upon—especially when it comes to the legitimate concern of nurturing the next generation of suburbia.From a planning perspective, placing apartments on the storm-vulnerable spit of land occupied by Bayville, which is already limited in both LIRR and road access, is not only a bad application of the “cool downtown” cliché, it is also irresponsible.Instead of trying to reinvent itself, Bayville should further embrace its identity. The village should maximize its assets, revel in its seasonality, and in this instance, grasp the sentiment shared by its residents. A cohesive business district isn’t the worst idea, but shoehorning additional density into a tight space in order to lure those ever elusive “young professionals” certainly is.Though Lindenhurst has around 27,000 residents within the village limits and another 11,500 people living to its north, it is similar to Bayville in certain regards. Both waterfront communities are roughly an hour or so from Penn Station. But what Bayville has in isolation, Lindenhurst shares with many South Shore communities directly east and west of it: being another stop along the well-used Babylon branch of the LIRR.Bayville’s residents are reportedly protesting the mere notion of growth, and in response the village board has postponed the vote on the mayor’s apartment-zoning proposals until next month. Lindenhurst’s Economic Development Committee is issuing surveys and taking stock of the community’s existing assets. Those actions signify a respect not only for the village residents, but for the urban planning process, which is fueled by public input, as a whole.Bayville has limited transportation options both in and out of the village thanks to Mother Nature, but Lindenhurst is constrained by the man-made suburbia that surrounds the municipality. Pursuing growth in Lindenhurst isn’t so much a question of whether it’s possible—as it is in Bayville—but whether the area’s overburdened transportation network can adequately handle it.Given the different challenges facing each community, is transit-oriented growth appropriate?Every small village on Long Island seems to want to emulate the sterling example of the Village of Patchogue, which revitalized its downtown, but without considering the unique factors that made that revitalization possible as well as the impacts that the sought-after success can bring.Could Bayville or Lindenhurst handle the consequences of copying Patchogue’s success? Rapid growth raises questions like where to place suddenly much-needed additional parking capacity, how to fill the vacant new developments and its accompanying retail frontage, and just as important, how to compete with other downtowns trying to follow the same model? What’s going to make this place unique? Until the village officials can answer these issues with data-backed studies, they’re taking a risk by plunging into the unknown.Rich Murdocco writes on Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco will be contributing regularly to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more

Region is a cut above

first_img26 Chelsea Drv, Condon sold for a record breaking $1,015,000 earlier this year.REGIONAL property markets are continuing to outperform capital cities, with new figures revealing a lift in million dollar property deals in the past year.New analysis by CoreLogic has revealed the number of sales at or in excess of $1 million was starting to trend down nationally.In the year to June, 16 per cent of all houses and 8.8 per cent of units sold for at least $1m compared with 16.1 per cent and 9.1 per cent the previous year.But in the combined regional markets 4.7 per cent of all houses had sold for at least $1 million compared with 4.3 per cent the previous year.At the same time, 4 per cent of all units sold in the past year were for at least $1 million, which was a record-high share and up from 3.7 per cent the previous year.CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said while he had not broken the figures down to individual regional markets, it was obvious that some had been performing strongly. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“And the demand there seems to be at the higher end of the market,’’ he said.“I think a feature of the past 12 months has been that the regional areas have been outperforming the capital cities and they are not quite declining yet.“So I think it is not really too much of a surprise, that you are seeing the share of million dollar property sales in those regional markets higher than they were a year ago.’’Mr Kusher said even though property markets in regional Australia were outperforming capital cities, it was slowing.“So I wouldn’t be surprised if we actually see a lower share (of million dollar sales) in 12-months’ time in those regional areas.’’Mr Kusher said the million dollar regional market had been driven in part by buyers from Sydney and Melbourne who had made lifestyle purchases in the regions.“But the effect of the slowdown in Sydney and Melbourne housing markets, I would expect, would have an impact on the regional areas as we go forward as well.’’last_img read more

Chinese nationals beaten, supermarket robbed

first_imgA cashier and another staff of the Prance Chinese Supermarket at Crown Dam, Industry, East Coast Demerara were on Thursday beaten as armed men carried out a brazen daylight robbery on the establishment.Based on reports, four men on two Honda CG motorcycles pulled up in front of the supermarket, two of them kept guard while the others rushed into the business place, held the cashier and the owner at gunpoint, and demanded money. At the time of the robbery, around 14:30h, there were no customers in the supermarket.One of the bandits then gun-butted the cashier and continued to make demands. Another worker who was close by was also struck to the head. Out of fear, the cashier opened the register and handed over the money and a quantity of phone cards.Not satisfied, the bandit went around the cashier’s counter and pulled out a bag containing an undisclosed sum of money. He reportedly placed the bag on the counter and the second gunman collected it, as he waved his gun at the cashier, threatening her. The perpetrators then left the supermarket, jumped onto the waiting motorcycles and fled the scene.The Police were immediately summoned and the injured workers were taken to the hospital. The Police have since retrieved the surveillance footage that captured the entire episode. It is believed that the men were monitoring the business place for some time based on how they operated and more so, they knew exactly where the money bag was kept. Up to late Thursday afternoon, the Police were reviewing the CCTV footage.Over the past weeks, several businesses owned by Chinese nationals were robbed. Only recently, three gunmen robbed a newly opened supermarket at Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara.The men posed as customers and entered the Good Life Supermarket, but soon after held a staff member at gunpoint. The other men started to bag off valuable items taken from the customers and proprietors. They also jumped over the counter and picked up a bag containing at least 0,000 in cash, a quantity of cigarettes and phone cards.In addition, they relieved the proprietor of two iPhone 6s, as well as customers of Samsung and Blu smartphones.last_img read more


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