The gateway to Nassau County
Sustainable Long Island continues to work with Elmont Coalition for Sustainable Development, providing technical assistance and strengthening their capacity to lead the way in revitalizing the Hempstead Turnpike corridor, including creation of a zoning overlay district for Hempstead Turnpike.
Elmont is a small, diverse community at 3.4 square miles and just over 30,000 residents. Elmont, an unincorporated hamlet, serves as the gateway to Nassau County and Long Island and is home to Belmont Racetrack. In 2006, after years of suburban development, the Elmont community expressed a strong desire to improve, and enhance the suburban condition and quality of life. For the first time ever, Nassau County, the Town of Hempstead and the Elmont community came together with the help of Sustainable Long Island and Saccardi & Schiff to carry out a community planning process designed to build consensus through the creation and implementation of a common plan that serves as a roadmap for future development along Hempstead Turnpike. The goal of the planning process was to create a unique look for Elmont through developing the community around Belmont Race Track, foster economic development, facilitate community revitalization, and create a range of housing options.
Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead came together to find solutions that will recapture the Gateway to Nassau. Over 600 stakeholders participated in Best Practice Tours, Education Workshops, Surveys, Bus Tours and design days to make sure that their voices were heard in the creation of a vision for the future of Elmont.
Sustainable Long Island helped form the Elmont Coalition for Sustainable Development, a group formed to help guide the community planning process and ensure that the Elmont community had meaningful opportunities to participate in the planning process, as well as to carry out implementation of the community’s vision.
During the visioning the community addressed issues with housing, job and business development, youth, seniors, transportation, beautification, social equity and land use. Although the vision has just recently been created – the implementation has already started. The Town of Hempstead has secured a $2.5 Million grant for improvements around the Argo Theater site. In 2008, a Vision Plan was embraced by both the Town of Hempstead and Nassau County.