Report: Stunning potential for growth on LI

A new report identifies 8,300 acres of vacant land in more than 150 downtown areas on Long Island that show potential for "smart growth."

Long Island Index director Ann Golub, who helped compile the report, identifies smart growth as combining work, business and homes without traffic congestion. The report suggests the downtown areas could yield as many as 90,000 new units of affordable multifamily housing.

Eric Alexander of Vision Long Island says fulfilling the potential of smart growth hinges on federal and state support.

"The communities are on board, we believe the local governments are on board, and the development community's on board," he says. "We need to get the right incentives on the state level and the right incentives on the federal level."

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