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New Hyde Park wants retail district near village's LIRR station

New Hyde Park Village Hall is seen on

New Hyde Park Village Hall is seen on April 16, 2010. Photo Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

New Hyde Park Mayor Lawrence Montreuil said Tuesday the village has started working with state Sen. Elaine Phillips (R-Flower Hill) to secure $5 million in state funding for a small retail district in the village.

Montreuil said all the specifics aren’t finalized, but the plan is to get the money from the 2017-18 state budget and place the retail district near the village’s Long Island Rail Road station. Montreuil said it’s unclear when the village is getting the $5 million and that there are many details to hammer out before the district is complete.

“We would have to do some rezoning and speak to developers, but it would be a brand-new project,” Montreuil said. “We know the location; we just have to build out the concept.”

Montreuil said the $5 million is a byproduct of the village having several conversations with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office about the local impact of the Long Island Rail Road third track project. He said an additional $800,000 from the state will come to the village for continuing road improvements. 

Montreuil said the $800,000 is noteworthy because the village typically would spend $500,000 a year on road improvements. 
“That’s a year and a half worth of road projects that won’t have to be funded by property taxes,” he said.

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