Town Announces Open Call for Central Islip Downtown Revitalization Project Proposals

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Community Workshop Set for November 19th

November 9th, 2018 – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter today announced an open call for project proposals to the Central Islip Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Downtown Central Islip was selected as the winner of the New York State $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) for the Long Island region in August. New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative seeks to transform communities ripe for development into vibrant neighborhoods where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live, work and raise a family.

The $10 million grant can be used as gap funding for eligible capital projects that have the potential to increase economic vitality and growth in downtown, including projects that strengthen the Carleton Avenue corridor, enhance connections to the Central Islip LIRR station, and create opportunities for transit-oriented development.

Central Islip is also located within a Federal Opportunity Zone, a new tax incentive program designed to support economic growth in distressed communities. DRI projects could potentially leverage Opportunity Zone funding. More information on the Opportunity Zone program can be found by visiting https://esd.ny.gov/opportunity-zones.

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The Local Planning Committee, comprised of Town representatives, as well as leaders from the community at-large, civic organizations, businesses and the Regional Economic Development Council, will guide the DRI process and review project ideas.

This Open Call for Proposals is one of the methods the LPC will use to identify projects for inclusion in the DRI Strategic Investment Plan. The submission of project proposals is open to the public. Projects will be selected based on the criteria defined by visiting www.islipny.gov/DRI


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Supervisor Carpenter also announced the details of a Central Islip Downtown Revitalization Initiative Community Workshop scheduled for Monday, November 19th at the Central Islip Senior High School Cafeteria from 6 to 8 pm, 85 Wheeler Rd. in Central Islip.

“This Open Call for Proposals and the upcoming Community Workshop are two quantifiable methods by which the LPC can determine the most viable growth strategies for Central Islip over the long-term,” said the Supervisor. “The opinions of those living within the community are critical to this project. I would urge all those who are able to attend the November 19th Community Workshop to please do so,” she concluded.


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