A Manhattan nonprofit is taking a close look at Lindenhurst Village's downtown, hoping to give officials some guidance as they try to revive the business district.
Village officials asked the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency to add Lindenhurst to a group of municipalities being studied by the Regional Plan Association. The IDA in 2013 authorized up to $300,000 in consulting services from the nonprofit for five areas of the county: a Route 110 corridor study in Babylon Town; transit-oriented development in Amityville Village; downtown areas in the hamlets of Smithtown and Kings Park; and an economic development collaboration between Suffolk County and Suffolk County Community College.
Lindenhurst officials, in the midst of a search for ways to revitalize the village's downtown, asked to be added to that list. The Regional Plan Association last week began what will be a six- to nine-month study of the village's downtown, said Chris Jones, the group's vice president for research.
"They're going to look at our strengths and weaknesses and the data we are collecting," Clerk-Treasurer Shawn Cullinane said.
The Regional Plan Association, which works on planning issues, will analyze various aspects of the downtown, such as parking, zoning and the pedestrian environment, Jones said. The group will then offer up a concept plan with recommendations for possible redevelopment strategies.
The village has suffered from a high vacancy rate along its main thoroughfare of Wellwood Avenue. Earlier this year the village formed an economic development committee, which designed a survey to measure residents' perceptions of the downtown. The village received 634 responses, said Cullinane, who also chairs the committee. He said they are preparing a report on the responses to present to the village board.
The committee is also looking at how housing may provide a boon to the downtown. The village has received interest from Tritec Real Estate of East Setauket to build 260 multifamily rental units across from the Long Island Rail Road station.