Farmingville, NY - At a May 2 press conference, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilman Dan Panico announced the Town’s plan to conduct a Blight Determination Study for downtown Mastic Beach, specifically along Neighborhood Road and the immediate commercial area. The press conference was held at the Mastic Beach Ambulance Company headquarters.
Planning consultants Nelson, Pope & Voorhis LLC will perform the study to survey and analyze conditions in the prescribed area to determine if it is under performing due to a significant amount of blight that has had a detrimental impact on the community. If there is adequate evidence of blight, the Town will then be able to create an Urban Renewal District, per New York State General Municipal Law, which will be an important tool in future planning for Neighborhood Road. Pictured left to right are Supervisor Romaine; Kathryn J. Eiseman, Partner and Division Manager of the Environmental & Community Planning Division at Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC; Tim Rothang, representing Suffolk County Legislator Rudy Sunderman; Town Planning Department Commissioner Tullio Bertoli and Councilman Panico.
Supervisor Romaine said, “Councilman Panico and I have made a commitment to clean up Mastic Beach and drive investment into downtown. It’s a great community with wonderful people who work hard and deserve to live in a better place.”
Councilman Panico said, “We are going to use every tool and do everything within our power to give the residents of Mastic Beach the quality of life they deserve and achieve the redevelopment that residents desire to see in their downtown. A key component is going to be the cooperation and funding from our partners in government, whom we know are in agreement with us on this issue.”
The Blight Determination Study is an important next step in the Town’s committed efforts to revitalize Mastic Beach’s downtown. In September 2018, the Town celebrated the grand opening of the new Mastic Beach Ambulance Headquarters on Neighborhood Road, the first brand new building to be constructed on Neighborhood Road in decades. The Town made the investment in the state-of-the-art facility not only for the ambulance company and its volunteers, but also so that it would serve as a model for all establishments along Neighborhood Road.
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