A long-term plan to revitalize the downtowns of Brentwood and Central Islip and make them cultural destinations recently received a $260,000 investment.
The money will go to Saratoga Associates, an upstate planning firm whose architects and engineers will determine ways to cultivate economic development in those areas.
“The plan is to create a blueprint to beautify the downtowns and to create infrastructure to hold events of a cultural nature,” said Assemb. Philip Ramos (D-Brentwood).
Ramos secured the funds from the state Department of State, which provided them to the Town of Islip to dispense.
At its Tuesday meeting, the Islip Town Board approved the contract with Saratoga Associates to draft the plans, the second study on revamping Brentwood and the initial analysis of Central Islip.
Islip Supervisor Phil Nolan said the studies “will spur the economic development that Assemblyman Ramos has in mind.”
Saratoga Associates will look at several Brentwood streets including Suffolk Avenue, Brentwood Road and Fifth Avenue. In 2007, the firm drew up preliminary plans for Brentwood that led to several improvements in roads and lighting, officials said. This time, officials will inventory local businesses and cultural assets in Brentwood, come up with a facade improvement plan, and create renderings of possible cultural centers, Islip Planning Commissioner Dave Genaway said.
Planners will study Central Islip as a whole while focusing partly on Carlton, Suffolk and Lowell avenues, officials said. The company will conduct meetings with community members in Central Islip and publish a short report about possible changes.
The studies will help officials update the town’s comprehensive plan and impact future zoning issues, Genaway said.