Planning makes progress possible
Sustainable Long Island’s first community revitalization project, the redesign of Gerard Street in Huntington, demonstrated how successful planning could happen when community stakeholders are at the table.
In February 2000, Sustainable Long Island facilitated a community visioning process to redesign Gerard Street. Over 600 community members participated, producing a vision plan to make the Gerard Street area safer and more welcoming. The first priority identified by the community was a roundabout to slow traffic on the street in order to make it a safer place for pedestrians.
In 2002, Sustainable Long Island leveraged $200,000 in public financing to build the Gerard Street roundabout. The roundabout was successfully completed in 2003.
Sustainable Long Island also was part of a consultant team who worked with the Town of Huntington during its Brownfield Opportunity Area Step 2 Program; conducting small group meetings with community stakeholders to gather public input about redevelopment opportunities for the BOA designated area.