Village speaks out on Hempstead revitalization plan

After a two-week delay, the public had its say on a $2 billion Village of Hempstead revitalization plan at a meeting Monday. The original meeting, at the village hall, was postponed due to overcrowding.

News 12 Staff

Jul 24, 2007, 2:18 AM

Updated 6,209 days ago

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After a two-week delay, the public had its say on a $2 billion Village of Hempstead revitalization plan at a meeting Monday.
The original meeting, at the village hall, was postponed due to overcrowding. More than 200 people, many from the advocacy group ACORN, arrived. A similar-sized crowd attended the rescheduled public hearing at Hofstra University, which started at 6 p.m. and lasted well past 10 p.m.
ACORN says the plan's biggest problem is a lack of affordable housing.
The plan calls for 2,500 housing units, of which 10 percent would be designated low-income affordable housing. ACORN called for at least 50 percent. Additionally, more than 600,000 square feet of retail and commercial space would be added along the reconstructed portion of Main Street that runs from Colombia to Kendig Place.
Mayor Wayne Hall, the plan's main proponent, says the $2 billion package is exactly what the village needs. The 5,400 existing affordable housing units are more than in any other village on the Island, Hall said.
Village board members will vote on the project Monday, July 30. If approved, groundbreaking would be at least one year away.
To watch previous coverage of the Village of Hempstead revitalization plan, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.


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