Development on Long Island? It’s possible in 2015

In the 1960s, Long Island was growing unstoppably: new homes, stores and businesses were opening everywhere.

Going into a new year, there are hints of change on Long Island again. Nothing like the surge of development that first created Long Island, but still projects that have the power to transform our region.

In Wyandanch, the first phase of a 500-million dollar revitalization project is well-underway with the first residential and commercial tenants set to move in the next few months.

In Glen Cove, a one-billion dollar effort to redevelop the city’s waterfront is set to break ground this year. That will fill a former industrial brownfield with housing, a hotel, and lots of retail and commercial space.

If all goes according to plan, construction will also begin this year on projects in Hempstead and Ronkonkoma. Even Heartland Town Square shows some promise. That 4-billion dollar venture was first pitched more than a decade ago.

Long Island is still suburbia. But we need to recognize that today, not everyone dreams of owning a house with a white picket fence. Many of the developments under consideration promise to create a lifestyle that’s attractive to young people as well as senior citizens, two groups that have been leaving Long Island in recent years.

There’s still lots of work to be done, but there’s reason to hope that 2015 will be a big year for Long Island.