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Historic pics coming to empty Farmingdale storefronts

A view of downtown Farmingdale, which boasts more

A view of downtown Farmingdale, which boasts more than 125 stores and dozens of restaurants. It is also the location of the village's post office, Village Hall and several banks. (July 5, 2011) (Credit: Alexi Knock)

Vacant stores in downtown Farmingdale may soon be touched by the past.

This week, the Farmingdale Village board of trustees discussed a plan to install photographs in the windows of storefronts downtown that have been left empty by either declining business or new construction. The photographs, which are planned to be historic renderings of old Farmingdale, will maintain the character of downtown as new development changes Main Street’s appearance, village officials said.

The area’s revitalization is part of a long-term vision to sustain village growth, appealing to residents with a walkable downtown. Farmingdale has already invested hundreds of thousands of dollars toward beautifying its Main Street, which officials hope will complement higher-density, transit-oriented housing developments that are in various stages of planning near the Long Island Rail Road station.

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Last year, a $130,000 Community Development Block Grant from Nassau County helped the village subsidize storefront renovations, install energy-efficient street lighting, buy trees and flowers and improve parking lots and walkways in the central business district.

Village administrators could not specify how many stores will likely receive pictures when they are made, but they said the number of empty storefronts has been declining.

The pictures should be available within a month, officials said.

Tags: Farmingdale , downtown , storefront , pictures , historic , towns

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