Ronkonkoma Hub Update

Here on are some recent news items regarding the proposed transit-oriented development of the 50 acres around the Ronkonkoma Train Station:

• On September 19, 2011, the Town of Brookhaven issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ). The Civic president, George Schramm, is member of the Town’s Ronkonkoma Hub Design Committee, which developed the RFQ, and will be evaluating the responses when they are received on October 28, 2011 and will make recommendations to the Town Board for selecting a Master Developer.

• The Town of Brookhaven has formed a partnership with the Town of Islip in support of their effort to seek federal, state, and local funding for the infrastructure improvements that will be necessary for the redevelopment.

• The Civic participated with the Towns of Brookhaven and Islip at the press conference held by Senator Charles Schumer at the Ronkonkoma train station on September 26. The Senator will be assisting the Towns in arranging the appropriate federal funding for the Hub development to help create jobs while improving the infrastructure. In reference to the proposed transit-oriented development around the station, the Senator stated, “We’re now really thinking smart here on Long Island.”

The New York Times has written an article about the Ronkonkoma Hub project, which can be read here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/25/realestate/turning-a-blighted-area-in-central-suffolk-into-a-hub-in-the-region-long-island.html?_r=1&ref=realestate

The Civic has been a part of the process to redevelop the Ronkonkoma Hub from the beginning. In 2007, we started worked with the Town of Brookhaven to develop a planning study aimed at revitalizing the area. The Town has held several meetings with the community to discuss redevelopment plans and the result is the draft Land Use and Implementation Plan for the Ronkonkoma Hub Transit-Oriented Development District, which was accepted by the Town Board in 2010.