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Amityville trustees ask developers to submit downtown proposals

Amityville is seeking to reinvent itself. This is

Amityville is seeking to reinvent itself. This is the downtown business district along Route 110, as seen on Oct. 30, 2015. Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Amityville trustees last week approved a plan for selection of a master developer for downtown redevelopment by next fall.

A request for proposals will be sent to Tritec Development, Avalon Bay, Renaissance Downtowns, and the Albanese Organization, with responses due in mid-July.

Residents will be invited to view and comment on proposals, Mayor James Wandell said. “This has been a transparent and participatory process from the very beginning, and it will continue to be,” he said. “We are finally starting to get some traction.”

Village officials have identified a “target area” for new zoning and redevelopment along the Route 110 corridor from Sunrise Highway in the north, south roughly to Avon Place. That area includes about 60 parcels with 40 owners and includes some village-owned land.

Proposals should include mixed-use and transit-oriented plans, the village document states, and should include ideas on streetscape improvements and public space. The document also asks for property acquisition strategies “including opinion regarding eminent domain.”

Similar plans in Copiague and Wyandanch have polarized residents in those hamlets, with some anticipating business opportunities and others warning of increased congestion and demand for services.

The Amityville village downtown is anchored by a few well-known local businesses like the Amityville Men’s Shop and Cameta Camera, but officials say they want to increase foot traffic and take advantage of its proximity to the nearby Long Island Rail Road station and the terminus of a proposed bus rapid transit system that would run to Huntington Station.

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