Dear Baldwin Community Members,
Given the circumstances that the State, local municipalities, private businesses and residents are dealing with related to the coronavirus, we will be postponing Thursday’s LPC meeting and revisiting the timeline for future meetings to allow everyone to focus where focus is most needed. We will keep you updated on next steps for DRI as more information becomes available.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at Amy.Pfeiffer@dos.ny.gov, in the meantime, we hope you all stay safe and healthy.
New York State Department of State
The New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), now in its fourth year, is a comprehensive approach to transform communities ripe for development into vibrant communities where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live and work. The State’s ten Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) nominate participating communities based on the potential for transformation, with each community awarded $10 million to develop a Strategic Investment Plan and implement key catalytic projects that advance the community’s vision for revitalization.
In August 2019, Baldwin, in the Town of Hempstead, was selected the Long Island region’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative winner. Baldwin has an ideal combination of existing assets, including connection to the Long Island Rail Road, recent strategic downtown investments, shovel-ready future opportunities, recent infrastructure improvements, and supportive policies and plans that would allow a jump-start to the DRI planning process. Ultimately, this DRI investment in Baldwin will serve as a catalyst toward execution of the key projects that are ripe for implementation, which, once set in motion, will result in better economic and physical resiliency in the community.
The Town of Hempstead has crafted the following Vision to help guide future investment in the downtown of Baldwin:
The Baldwin community envisions its downtown as a thriving, vibrant, and pedestrian-friendly mixed-use corridor along Grand Avenue and Merrick Road, anchored by the Baldwin Long Island Railroad Station. Baldwin residents are diverse and engaged and have long recognized the potential for Downtown Baldwin to become a place where residents, commuters, and visitors want to live, work, shop, dine, and recreate.
Through investments in public infrastructure, strategic leveraging of private development opportunities, and building on a foundation of its existing assets, Downtown Baldwin will thrive as a center of activity and sustainable economy that the community needs and has long been working toward.
A key component of the DRI program is to advance strategic private and public investments that will provide catalytic impacts to facilitate downtown revitalization. This program will build on the Town’s ongoing revitalization efforts, including the implementation of the Baldwin mixed-use overlay zone. The purpose of this Call for Projects is to identify projects that provide economic and community development benefits that could be funded through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
DRI planning is scheduled to be completed in March 2020. Key milestones that will inform engagement strategy include:
|October/November 2019||State agencies and Consultant Team will begin work with the Town of Hempstead; a Local Planning Committee (LPC) will be formed; vision and goals will be completed.|
|January 2019||The Downtown Profile and Assessment will be completed.|
|February 2020||A final list of Downtown Revitalization strategies and a list of preliminary Priority Projects will be compiled.|
|March 2020||Priority Project Profiles will be completed.|
|April 2020||A Final DRI Strategic Investment Plan will be developed and completed.|
|DRI Application||View PDF|
|Baldwin DRI Call For Projects||View PDF|
|Baldwin DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting (November 7th)||View PDF|
|Baldwin DRI Community Meeting #1 Presentation (November 20th)||View PDF|
|Baldwin DRI Community Meeting #1 Board Package (November 20th)||View PDF|
|Baldwin DRI Community Meeting #1 Fact Sheet (November 20th)||View PDF|
|Baldwin DRI Community Meeting #1 Meeting Minutes (November 20th)||View PDF|
|Baldwin DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting #2 Presentation (December 19th)||View PDF|
|Baldwin DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting #2 Board Package (December 19th)||View PDF|
|Baldwin DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting #2 Meeting Minutes (December 19th)||View PDF|
|Baldwin DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting #3 Presentation (January 29th)||View PDF|
|Baldwin DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting #3 Potential Project Locations (January 29th)||View PDF|
|Baldwin DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting #3 Board Package (January 29th)||View PDF|
|Baldwin DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting #3 Minutes (January 29th)||View PDF|
|Baldwin DRI Community Meeting #2 Flier||View PDF|
|Baldwin DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting #4 Board Package (February 25th)||View PDF|
|Baldwin DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting #4 Presentation (February 25th)||View PDF|
|Baldwin DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting #4 Minutes (February 25th)||View PDF|