By Caitlin Kelly
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano joined Mayor William J. Hendrick on the Good Morning Lynbook radio show on Wednesday to discuss downtown economic growth and development and improvements to road infrastructure in the Village of Lynbrook.
Last year, Nassau County had administered three pilot projects in the Village of Lynbrook, the Village of Valley Stream and the Hamlet of Baldwin designed to revolutionize downtown communities through the development of underutilized and existing spaces near local Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) stations. The program, funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and administered by Nassau County in partnership with the NY-CT Sustainable Communities Consortium has the potential of reinventing Nassau’s downtowns.
“Lynbrook has the perfect combination of major transit, a downtown, and space for housing,” said County Executive Mangano. “These projects can be the perfect example of the new Nassau, using existing infrastructure and mass transit to build our local economy.”
The County Executive also helped the Village of Lynbrook obtain the $150,000 needed to continue streetscape improvements, which will be used to enhance Merrick Road with new lights, brick sidewalks and other downtown revitalization projects.
Some future County projects include repairing potholes, resurfacing roads and researching the need for crosswalks at busy intersections. In the Lynbrook area, much of Peninsula Blvd., from the Southern State to Ocean Ave. will be resurfaced. Other projects planned for the Merrick Rd. and Ocean Ave. intersection. County traffic engineers are also conducting traffic studies at areas including Lincoln Pl. and Atlantic Ave. to determine if a traffic signal can be placed at the intersection.