Key projects include Infrastructure Updates, Environmental Initiatives, Hub Construction and Park Improvements
Nassau County, NY – Earlier this week, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran released her proposed 2020-2023 Capital Improvement Plan. The aggressive and comprehensive four-year plan seeks to invest strategically in crucial infrastructure improvements, important environmental initiatives and economic development projects.
“I am dedicated to smart and transformative capital projects that not only improve our infrastructure and resolve critical needs but also work to make the county attractive to new residents and businesses. We must meet the challenges of retaining our tax base by building on transit-oriented development and making Nassau County the ideal place to live, work and play,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.
This $2.3 billion plan will build on infrastructure successes that the County has achieved over the past year, including the robust Roadway Resurfacing program which will continue into 2021. Through investment in County roads a record 200 lane miles of resurfacing will be completed in 2019 assuring the integrity and ride quality of the County road network. The Capital Plan seeks to apply the same approach to county buildings and basic infrastructure that are critical to quality of life and delivery of services to Nassau County residents.
At the same time, the four-year plan targets unique and transformative projects like the Hub aimed to encourage business development, job growth and attract young generations to stay in Nassau County. The plan also addresses key environmental and county improvements crucial to the quality of life of many residents.
Some key projects include:
- Nassau Hub: County Executive Curran has made the redevelopment of the Nassau Hub a cornerstone economic development initiative of her administration. A new partnership between BSE Global and RXR Realty will transform the Hub into a new live-work-play innovation district in the heart of Nassau County. The $1.5 billion plan will comprise of office uses with a focus on life sciences and R&D, innovative housing options, engaging entertainment and retail complementary to the Coliseum, open green spaces, walkable streets with multi-modal connectivity and public amenities. The County’s 2020 Capital Plan calls for four projects that will address critical infrastructure and transportation needs around the Hub; The Hub Development Fund will provide funding for water, sewer, traffic and road improvements throughout the Hub area. The Hub Pedestrian Bridges will provide safe and accessible connections between the Hub and surrounding sites, making the area a walkable destination. Finally, the two Nassau Hub Transit projects will study and design improvements to better connect the Hub via public transportation.
- Family and Matrimonial Court and Family Justice Center: As the exterior renovations of the Family and Matrimonial Court and Family Justice Center are nearing completion, the project will continue with Phase 2—an interior fit out of the space commencing in 2020 with completion expected in Fall 2021.
- Nassau County Police Academy: The plan calls for funding for the new academy; a new three-story state of the art police training facility being erected near the Nassau Community College campus. Slated for completion in early 2021, this new resource will revolutionize the training capabilities of the Nassau County Police Department and provide for multi-jurisdictional training opportunities with other regional law enforcement agencies.
- Western Bays Resiliency Initiative: With support from New York State, Nassau County is moving forward with over $800 million in projects to remove harmful discharges and improve water quality in the Western Bays area on the south shore of Nassau County. The Western Bays Resiliency Initiative is the most significant environmental investment we will make in many decades, and it will translate into a tremendous economic boost for the region. It will clean our waterways, restore marshland, improve storm resilience, improve shell-fishing and provide a better ecosystem. Improved water quality means a better quality of life for residents.
- Renovation of Bayville Bridge: This 1938 era bascule bridge will be completely renovated assuring its continued operation to both residents of the North Shore communities and the recreational boaters that traverse the waters of Mill Creek below it.
- Austin Boulevard: A key traffic improvement project highlighted in the Capital Plan is the construction of a 1.4 mile stretch of Austin Boulevard in Oceanside/Island Park to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety, drainage and increased storm resiliency to create a safer and more sustainable corridor. Both traffic and drainage improvements are included in this project, construction will commence in 2020.
- Park Improvements: The plan calls for funding for improvements to County Parks including large scale renovations planned for Centennial Park in Roosevelt, Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn and Wantagh Park.
“The 2020 – 2023 Capital Improvement Plan continues my commitment to restoring and improving infrastructure while investing in big picture projects that will improve the county for generations to come,” said County Executive Curran.