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Riverhead, Amityville each win $10M from state for revitalization projects

Riverhead, Amityville each win $10M from state for revitalization projects
Two proposals including plans for transit-oriented development near the LIRR in Amityville Village and a Riverhead town square featuring an amphitheater and an ice rink won $10 million each in state f

Brian Benjamin and Long Island officials announced the awards, intended to spur downtown redevelopment by putting state money and planning expertise behind local efforts, in a news conference conducted over Zoom." They also came at what Matt Cohen, CEO of the Long Island Association business group, said in a statement was a "pivotal point" for downtowns trying to retain and attract businesses "still reeling from the pandemic." In Amityville, officials have identified three parcels near the village’s Long Island Rail Road station for possible redevelopment, and seven more nearby that could also support mixed-use development or multi-family housingwhose residents would provide a customer base for downtown shops." The plan also includes a state-of-the-art planetarium slated for a Long Island Science Center building on the town square, and upgrades to the Suffolk Theater and the Vail Leavitt Music Hall.

The town also plans measures to mitigate flooding and a marketing campaign to solidify its identity as the "gateway to all of eastern Long Island," according to its grant application.The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council nominated downtowns after receiving applications.

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