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Babylon seeks $4M for Wyandanch project

The Town of Babylon is asking the state Department of Transportation for $4 million in Federal Highway Administration funds toward its Wyandanch Rising redevelopment.

The money would be used for the plazas and roadways surrounding a planned “intermodal” facility near the Long Island Rail Road station. The grant application, approved at Tuesday’s town board meeting, is through the Transportation, Community and System Preservation Program.

Wyandanch Rising is the town’s downtown redevelopment that calls for transit-oriented development around the LIRR station and a variety of housing types, commercial properties and public green spaces.

The intermodal facility, estimated to cost $45 million, will serve as a hub for auto, bus and bike commuters and include a planned six-story parking structure. Adjoining it will be public plazas with seating and green space, which the town said it hopes to use for concerts and a farmers' market.

In February, the town hired PB Americas Inc. of Manhattan to complete the design of the facility at a cost of $2.4 million. The town also authorized $2 million in bonds for park improvements related to the facility.

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