Supporting the community’s ideas

GB1Greater Bellport was once identified as one of the most distressed neighborhoods on Long Island. However, the will and desire to revitalize the Greater Bellport area remained strong over the years and the enthusiasm from the community has led to a tangible revival of the area.

In August 2006, Sustainable Long Island joined together with a group of community members now known as The Greater Bellport Coalition to coordinate and direct a process to facilitate the revitalization of the Greater Bellport community by developing a safe, fun, and environmentally healthy place to live, work, and play for all of its residents. Over the next year Sustainable Long Island, along with the Town of Brookhaven and the Coalition, laid the groundwork for realization of the community’s vision of enhanced transportation options, available and affordable housing options, and the creation of a hamlet center.

Throughout the process, hundreds of residents and business owners participated in a multitude of focus groups, numerous design and education workshops, a walking tour, the creation of the Sustainable Community Plan, and a handful of public meetings. In April 2009, the Town of Brookhaven officially accepted the Greater Bellport Sustainable Community Plan as a community vision plan, recognizing the importance of the community’s hard work and commitment and paving the way for implementation.

GB2In 2014, the Town of Brookhaven adopted the Greater Bellport Land Use plan, putting the community in a unique position to ensure that the growing and changing population has access to housing and services. The Land Use Plan sets the stage for revitalization of the community by allowing reasonably priced housing, new retail, and mixed-use development to finally become a reality. The plan also allows access to funding for critical infrastructures (such as sewer systems) from Suffolk County.

Additional highlights since the planning process began include:

  • Formation of a safety committee to work on safety issues – i.e. reducing crime, improving street lighting
  • Establishment of an Economic Development committee, which worked on 72H property transferring guidelines
  • Creation of a Youth/Recreation committee to address activities for after-school involvement
  • Installation of security cameras in key locations throughout the hamlet to increase community safety
  • Tree planting and beautification efforts along Station Road
  • Removal of key parcels from county auction, allowing future park expansion and multifamily housing
  • The launch of the Greater Bellport Community Youth Market, providing access to fresh, affordable, local produce to community members
  • Renovations and improvements to Robert Rowley Park, including new equipment, picnic tables, walking path, and basketball/handball courts
  • Opening of a new Boys & Girls Club – a multi-million dollar development along with associated street design improvements