Babylon approves additional spending for Wyandanch

The Town of Babylon has approved spending an The Town of Babylon has approved spending an additional $1.3 million for projects related to the town's downtown revitalization of Wyandanch. Seen here is a Long Island Rail Road train near the station in downtown Wyandanch on Jan. 27, 2012. Photo Credit: J.C. Cherubini

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The Town of Babylon has approved spending an additional $1.3 million for projects related to the town's downtown revitalization of Wyandanch.

The money is primarily slated for work related to a transit plaza near the hamlet's Long Island Rail Road station and a spray park located in nearby Geiger Lake Park. The projects are part of the town's $500 million public-private Wyandanch Rising redevelopment. The first phase of the work began several years ago and includes the installation of a sewer line down Straight Path, as well as the construction of two buildings with rental units and retail space, a transit plaza, a new train station and a parking garage.

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Included in the new spending is nearly $700,000 in bonds: $340,000 to buy a property on Grand Boulevard and $355,000 for construction of a pressurized main to connect the new sewer line to the spray park at Geiger, as well as payment for previous work done at the park.

Among the rest of the expenses: contracts and change orders with Sidney B. Bowne & Son LLP of Mineola for up to $283,000 for work on roadways, the plaza and the spray park; $225,000 to Keller Sandgren Associates of Amityville for design and construction work on the train station and plaza; and $50,020 to LiRo Program & Construction PE of Syosset for work on the transit plaza.

The town hopes to begin construction on the new train station before the end of the year, said town spokesman Kevin Bonner. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be constructing a five-story parking garage at the same time. The first of two apartment buildings, with 91 units, is due to be completed by the end of the year, with the second building, with 86 units, finished next spring, Bonner said.

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