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Letter: Skeptical about Wyandanch Rising

Rendering of new apartment building in Wyandanch, part

Rendering of new apartment building in Wyandanch, part of what officials across all government levels are calling a crucial revitalization project for Long Island. The buildings are considered a key part of Wyandanch Rising, Babylon Town's 40-acre, $500-million public/private redevelopment that has been in the works for more than a decade. Credit: Albanese Organization Inc.

It was interesting to see the story about the parking problems at the Wyandanch train station ["Rail riders: Project snarls parking," News, Oct. 6].

I use that station from time to time, and it should be noted that these problems have existed since early spring, with no visible input from the Town of Babylon on how to ease the traffic flow.

Of deeper concern is the larger town project of Wyandanch Rising. How can a parking garage cost $29 million? And why are free parking spaces being replaced by paid parking?

Wyandanch Rising is a $500-million project that cannot succeed unless basic underlying community problems are addressed. These problems include drug dealing along Straight Path, a poorly performing school district, abandoned and boarded-up houses, gangs that terrorize neighborhoods, the ratio of home ownership to renters, the lack of viable industry in the area and high crime.

The Town of Babylon has failed to address or propose solutions to these issues. Wyandanch Rising is doomed to fail.

Kenneth Brown, Deer Park