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Renaissance Downtowns – UrbanAmericaUpdate June 2014

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As summer approaches, we move ever closer to groundbreaking on the first phase of Hempstead’s downtown revitalization with continued progress to address the Village’s sewer infrastructure.  In 2012, the Village received a $5 Million grant from the State of New York, followed by a recent commitment in excess of $20 Million that will alleviate concerns not only within Hempstead Village, but also in surrounding communities to the south of Hempstead.  This is a huge step forward for not only the health and safety of Village residents, but also to allow job creation and economic development to move forward.

As job creation is one of the top items of discussion in regard to the downtown redevelopment, continued discussions have been occurring between Renaissance and the Village’s Job and Training Center in addition to initial discussions with the Contracting Center, which will be run by Crescent Consulting.  The Village recently designated Crescent to complement the efforts of Reverend Benjamin and ABBA, who are working on the jobs and training side of the equation. In addition, Renaissance has been meeting with local building trade leaders to inform them about the Village’s Community Benefits Agreement, which is designed to provide job opportunities to local residents, first.

Renaissance was a sponsor of the Mayor’s 5k run, which was, as always, a successful event and an opportunity for Hempstead residents to get exercise while running for a good cause. In addition, working with the Renew Hempstead team, Renaissance has been working with the Chamber and local businesses to inform them about the upcoming revitalization and how they can participate. 

Renaissance Downtowns – UrbanAmerica Update May 2014

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Momentum continues as Hempstead Village moves ever closer to breaking ground on its comprehensive downtown revitalization.

sewers-2With groundbreaking still expected to occur by this fall, progress has been made in regard to discussions with Nassau County and the State of New York in regard to much needed sewer infrastructure improvements. In addition to the $5 million provided by the State already, things look very positive in regard to garnering an additional $20 million for improvements that include the construction of a pump station that will take significant strain off of the Village’s system, alleviating local business and residents of both health risks and property damage during significant storm events. Sincere thanks to County Legislator’s Abrahams and Bynoe, who have been staunch advocates for the Hempstead community in our collective endeavor to attract much needed infrastructure investment for the Village.

Renaissance has continued to build a great relationship with the new President of the Chamber of Commerce, Dennis Jones. Representatives of Renaissance have been invited to attend the Chamber’s upcoming public meeting to be held on Thursday, May 29th at the African American Museum on Franklin, in the heart of the Village. We encourage all Hempstead residents and stakeholders to attend.

The Renaissance team has been working actively with the Village to move forward with the provisions of the Community Benefits Agreement. In addition to our continued conversations with Reverend Benjamin, who is heading up the jobs component of the CBA, Renaissance has met with Crescent Consulting, the company hired by the Village to manage the local contractor portion of the CBA. These preliminary discussions will allow Village residents and contractors to have a place at the table when construction on phase one begins later this year.

Renaissance Downtowns – UrbanAmerica Update April 2014

Renaissance Downtowns-Urban America has been working with Renew Hempstead on a number of new and ongoing initiatives, as we approach groundbreaking for the first phase of construction for the Village’s downtown revitalization. The first phase will include 336 market rate units to be located at Cooper Street, within a short walk to the Village’s transit center.

With feedback from the Renew Hempstead community, Renaissance is working to provide a range of residential options within the first phase, with an eye toward the wants and needs of existing Hempstead residents. Currently, the development team is working on both the look and feel of the building along with unit size and design while also finalizing financing for this important first phase of construction. This phase will provide modern, amenitized living within downtown Hempstead and will act as a catalyst for additional development activity to occur. More details about the first phase will be available shortly as the project works its way through the public site plan review process. It should be noted that this development will abide by the Community Benefits Agreement signed by Renaissance and the Village, ensuring the participation of local individuals and contractors during construction.

As plans for Phase I are finalized, Renaissance has been working with the Village, Nassau County and the State to address sewer issues which are all to prevalent both within Hempstead and throughout the County. These efforts are a direct result of the planned development of activities in the form of a $5 million grant provided by the State of New York. Renaissance would like to thank the Mayor and his administration for working in a true partnership to address this urgent issue. In fact, the construction of the first Phase of the development will reduce the impact from large rain events through the use of innovative technologies that will alleviate existing conditions that result in overflow. This is a true win-win for the Village and its neighboring communities.

hempsteadchamberFinally, Renaissance welcomes Dennis Jones, the new President of the Chamber of Commerce and wishes past President Al Forde the best of luck and many thanks for his efforts over the past couple of years. We look forward to engaging with Renew Hempstead and Mr. Jones in our ongoing effort to work with the business community and position local entrepreneurs for success as the development gets underway, bringing in significant new spending dollars for the Hempstead Village business community.

 

Renaissance Downtowns – UrbanAmerica Update March 2014

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Here are some key highlights and updates from Renaissance Downtowns/UrbanAmerica from the last month of the Village of Hempstead’s downtown revitalization efforts:

 

    • constructionConstruction Schedule: Phase I of the redevelopment is slated to begin by the end of this year (and quite possibly sooner). The first phase will include about 330 apartment units, providing an initial burst of economic development and investment for the Village.  This will represent not only the first step toward implementing the $2 billion vision for a mixed-use, walkable downtown, but will also be the launch point for the thousands of jobs that will be created, in addition to a new inflow of economic activity for local contractors and business owners alike.
    • Community Benefits Agreement
      One of the key pieces of the Village’s development vision has been an insistence that a CBA is created to provide local career and contracting opportunities for Village residents. As noted above, these opportunities will begin upon commencement of construction for Phase I. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg. Over the course of the development, 10,000 construction jobs and over 5000 permanent jobs are expected to be created, with the CBA providing for local hiring of both individuals and contracting firms. By legislating local hiring requirements into the Village’s zoning code, Hempstead has created a first-of-its-kind CBA that has already become a model for other communities to follow. Read more about the CBA at renewhempstead.com/cba.
    • Sewer and Infrastructure Investments:
      From the beginning of the redevelopment process, master developer Renaissance Downtowns-UrbanAmerica has recognized the need to repair and upgrade local infrastructure. However, to procure state and federal dollars to ensure that the local taxpayer is not burdened by these efforts, it was necessary to show a return on investment for the infrastructure improvements. By demonstrating the many benefits of Hempstead’s planned revitalization to regional, state and federal officials, millions of dollars have been procured to study and address these issues. As a reuslt, without any burden to the local taxpayer, system wide studies and upgrades have already begun, which will be a tremendous bonus to existing residents and businesses who will benefit from improvements to the sewer system both within the Village and in regard to its tie-in to the County sewer system.
    • Renew Hempstead Renewed!!!
      A number of our local residents have asked Renew Hempstead to once again begin meet-ups and host other events to ensure communication and transparency as we move from the planning process to construction. As a result, Renew Hempstead has re-launched its outreach efforts to ensure that the Hempstead community is fully informed about the positive progress and momentum that has taken place in regard to our Village’s much anticipated downtown revitalization. Originally formed to ensure that local residents and business owners had a say in the co-creation of a redevelopment vision for our community, Renew Hempstead has now shifted gears as we approach groundbreaking on one of the most important revitalization efforts to occur not only in Hempstead Village, but across the entire Long Island region. Please check out renewhempstead.com for upcoming events, learning opportunities and festivities that are planned over the coming weeks and months.

Renaissance Downtowns – UrbanAmerica Update Winter 2014

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rh_feature1The winter has been roaring, as has Renaissance Downtowns-Urban America (RDUA) as we move ever closer to breaking ground on the first phase of the downtown Hempstead Village revitalization. With all approvals in place for the $2 billion project, including the Village and RDUA agreeing to a Community Benefits Agreement to ensure local job creation and contracting opportunities, construction is expected to begin by Summer of this year on Phase I.

The first phase will consist of 336 residential apartment units and will be the first opportunity for the Village of Hempstead’s newly instituted Jobs and Business Referral Center to provide jobs for local residents and contractors. Led by Reverend Reginald Benjamin of ABBA, the Center has already conducted numerous meetings and has compiled a list of prospective employees who reside in the Village. More info on the Center will be provided by the end of the month, including contact information.

In addition to preparing for local residents to begin constructing the first phase, RDUA has been in discussions with a number of entities that are considering locating their businesses to the Village. The excitement that has been created by Mayor Hall and his administration’s successes has clearly sent a message to the business community that Hempstead is truly “Open for Business.” We look forward to providing more information as these efforts move forward.

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