Public Invited to Attend and Observe Organization Meeting of Local Planning Committee
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Anthony Macagnone announce that the fourth meeting of the Local Planning Committee for downtown Hicksville is scheduled for Thursday, January 18th, at the Town’s William P. Bennet Hicksville Community Center, located at 28 W. Carl Street in Hicksville. The meeting is scheduled to take from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and will continue the process of planning efforts for the community.
“Earlier this year, the Town of Oyster Bay was thrilled to be the recipient of $10 million in Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds from Governor Cuomo and the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council for downtown revitalization in Hicksville,” stated Supervisor Saladino. “Now, after three successful meetings, proposed plans and renderings are taking shape. I am excited to advance to the next step in the process of making our dreams for this community a reality, and invite residents to attend and observe.”
In addition to planning committee meetings, the Town has hosted a series of successful public workshops, which have seen tremendous turnout and great resident participation offering input on the potential uses for this grant opportunity.
The Local Planning Committee (LPC) – comprised of local and regional leaders, stakeholders, and community representatives – have worked to establish and approve a community-based vision for revitalizing the Hicksville downtown into a vibrant community. In addition to exploring housing opportunities, the creation of office space and restaurants, and revitalization of storefronts; potential projects may include decorative pavers, attractive lighting, newly planted trees, benches, street art and a homogenous street and storefront signage program to create a strong sense of place intended to celebrate Hicksville’s history and cultural diversity. Furthermore, the Town envisions the creation of a plaza area—large community gathering space to be used for events such as fairs, farmers markets, art exhibitions, food truck nights, classic car nights, concerts, and much more.
“Downtown Hicksville in on the verge of a major renaissance,” stated Councilman Macagnone. “The downtown’s prime location for transit-oriented development and public support for revitalization, coupled with the state’s investment of funding, will allow downtown Hicksville to achieve the type of revitalization it needs and deserves!”