Hicksville, NY: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has unveiled a new report developed by the Department of Public Works that provides eight recommendations to improve traffic and pedestrian safety and accessibility in Downtown Hicksville, to ultimately attract business development and create a more vibrant destination.
The report was created with inputs from the Town of Oyster Bay, New York State, the LIRR and NICE bus to ensure each recommended project complements and supports ongoing revitalization efforts. These projects will serve as a critical link among on-going efforts, helping to make Downtown Hicksville a better connected and more economically resilient area for people to live, work and play.
Said Curran, “With Hicksville being the largest and one of the most centrally located transportation hubs on Long Island, we cannot drag our feet on realizing the enormous potential for this area. With all parties at the table, I am confident we can continue to collaborate on our shared vision of a revitalized, sought after business district, as we look to fast track our economic recovery.”
The report is the culmination of months of collaborative work with Hicksville residents, business owners, elected officials and community partners and incorporates feedback from two public meetings and online interactive feedback tool.
In the weeks and months ahead, the Department will be coordinating with each responsible jurisdiction on potential federal and state grant funding opportunities and respective roles in implementing the recommendations.
During the project’s next phases – Design and Engineering, followed by Construction –additional public input will be solicited before moving forward with implementation.
Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino welcomed the report: “Downtown Hicksville will undergo a renaissance as we transform it into a vibrant destination with new housing opportunities, local jobs and open space. It will be a vibrant downtown for downsizers, empty nesters, senior citizens and millennials alike.”
Rose Marie Walker, who represents Hicksville in Nassau County Legislature, said: “I look forward to working with state and local officials to continue to improve traffic and pedestrian safety, with the goal of revitalizing the downtown area, and making it easily accessible for our residents.”
NY State Senator Kevin Thomas added: “I applaud CE Curran on this exciting effort to create a more vibrant downtown Hicksville by making our streets safer, less congested, and more accessible to pedestrians and visitors.”