The Town of Babylon has been awarded a grant for its Wyandanch Rising revitalization project.
The $20,000 Affordable Green Neighborhoods grant comes from the U.S. Green Building Council and Bank of America. The money will be used toward the Wyandanch project, said town spokesman Tim Ruggeri, which the town hopes will bring redevelopment to the area’s downtown. Plans include a new parking and transit structure at the train station, open plazas and mixed-use retail and housing nearby.
The grant is intended to help the town pursue a LEED for Neighborhood Development designation. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system. The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Neighborhood Development integrates principles of smart growth and green building with the goal of reducing urban sprawl and increasing transportation choice and healthy living. The Wyandanch Rising project is expected to be the first non-pilot LEED for Neighborhood Development project in the northeast, Ruggeri said.
The Wyandanch revitalization was one of ten nation-wide projects funded through a $500,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Other projects include those in Philadelphia, St. Louis and San Francisco.