Town of Hempstead to Propose New Zoning for Downtown Baldwin Redevelopment Project

Published On: 2018-07-20 13:47:01

Developer Withdraws Application to Develop Downtown

Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen

(Hempstead, NY) – Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen called for plans to work with the Baldwin community on rezoning areas of downtown Baldwin, on Grand Avenue and Merrick Road in response to the withdrawal of local developers hired by the Hempstead Town Board last year.

In 2017, the Hempstead Town Board voted to award a contract for the re-development of downtown Baldwin to local development agencies Basser Kaufman and Engel Burman Group.

“While it is unfortunate that the course set in the prior administration has produced not a single dollar in investment, or improvement for Baldwin, we are excited that a new course can be set, one that focuses on setting the table for private investment, public benefit, and true economic development, without sacrificing millions in tax-payer dollars through extreme PILOTS like the one proposed by EBBK,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen. “The request for 30 years of a zero-tax PILOT, in addition to $10M in grant dollars, and a requirement for the Town IDA to take on all condemnation efforts were untenable.”

Supervisor Gillen stressed that development of downtown Baldwin would be achieved by working with members of the Town Board, along with all community and civic stakeholders, and that a series of meetings are being planned with the Baldwin community.

“New zoning, with actual community-based planning, will help expedite new development and help give our downtown the boost it deserves,” said Gillen. “My office has heard from numerous developers who will be interested in this new opportunity. I am confident they appreciate the resident's feedback before drawing up plans that will affect the future of the entire Baldwin community.”

Supervisor Gillen’s proposal to rezone downtown Baldwin was endorsed by Nassau County and New York State officials.

“I applaud the leadership of Supervisor Gillen to move forward on this project,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “It’s going to take partnership and ingenuity, and this proposal is a great example of thinking outside of the box in order to get things done.”

“I will work hard to make sure the state funds already allocated to Baldwin can be applied to a re-imagined project and I am fully committed to working with Supervisor Laura Gillen and the Town Council to secure additional funding to see downtown Baldwin thrive,” said State Senator Todd Kaminsky.

"The Baldwin residents deserve the opportunity to provide input on any development in their community," stated Legislator Debra Mulé. "I look forward to working with the Town of Hempstead to explore development that will benefit all Baldwin residents. Our office is ready to assist to ensure a quality development proposal is presented."