Through a grant from the New York State Department of State (“NYSDOS”) provided to the Town of Oyster Bay, H2M is currently managing the preparation of a Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Step I Study. Together with Sustainable Long Island, NPV, and a group of community stakeholders, H2M is assisting the Hicksville area in developing a vision and implementation strategy to identify, remediate, and redevelop brownfields within the community.
The study concerns an approximately 1,100-acre area, characterized by 21 potential brownfield sites within the northwestern portion of Hicksville. The study is being conducted at the neighborhood contextual level, rather than at an individual site level, to maximize community buy-in to redevelopment efforts. This approach engages community members and stakeholders, who identify and prioritize community-supported redevelopment opportunities. Community participation is an integral element of the BOA program.
Situated centrally within the Town of Oyster Bay, Hicksville is ideally located for strategic economic development opportunities and is host to several major highway and mass transit assets, including one of the busiest LIRR stations on Long Island. The primary objectives of this project include: establishing a community vision for redevelopment; assembling accurate data and information about the area; and establishing a process that will spur redevelopment. The anticipated benefit to the community will be tangible projects that will support Hicksville’s vibrancy, enhance property values, and strengthen quality of life.