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Your Ideas: Building a Hauppauge Village Green

Many people agree there should be one, but differ on where a town center should develop.

For about a week, Hauppauge Patch has asked locals to think about where they'd like to see a town center or village green set up in Hauppauge, in response to a general consensus that the community lacks any central meeting point to gather.

Their ideas are below, gathered on our Hauppauge Patch Facebook page or as comments on this site.

For starters, on Facebook, Scott Kern said, "Just redevelop the old Sears shopping center. Everything else in there goes under anyway." That storefront has been vacant since May.

"How about across the street from the HYO complex...?" said Robert Gennari, while Patti Hearne Wolf suggested, "The vacant property on 111 next to Moloneys. We need a village square!"

Rhoda Goldman Tauber added, "Just where it was before it was torn down. At the start of the bypass by Carvel" where routes 347 and 454 meet. But Maureen Connolly Napolitano said, "How about where Smithtown General was?" referring to the vacant grounds of the former hospital that are still cluttered with rubble today since being knocked down in 2007.

Russell Lloyd, however, took a more cynical tone. "If we had a village square, they'd just build a CVS and a 7-11 on it anyway. This 'village' is toast."

Comments on Patch came mostly from Christopher D'Antonio, who laid out a plan he is pushing that aims to bring a village feel back to Hauppauge and ease problems such as transportation and traffic.

"I see three sites with enormous potential based on their current layout, uses, and location in the 'center' of Hauppauge," he said.

"1. Redeveloping Atrium Plaza to front the building onto Wheeler Road, and investing in the vacant land to the west of it as a green or tearing up the parking lot on the east side of Atrium Plaza and constructing a small green with a bioswale or large rain garden representative of the springs which lend Hauppauge its name, and relocating the parking spaces lost to the vacant land to the west of Atrium Plaza as a public parking lot.

"2. Redeveloping the Branchinelli's Shopping Center with an eye toward preserving the existing businesses but perhaps adding on a floor with apartments above and a public plaza on the corner of Townline and Wheeler.

"3. Covering the parking in front of Shoprite and A.C. Moore with a sturdy landscaped roof and connecting it to the hill to the southwest to provide breathtaking vistas and a unique public square."

If you have any other ideas, share them below.

RC January 26, 2013 at 09:23 PM
The traffic on rt 111 is a major problem , residents do there best to avoid it .
Christopher D'Antonio January 27, 2013 at 09:15 PM
RC, in the article "Where Should Hauppauge's Town Center, Village Green Be? " I detailed several means we could consider for improving traffic flow on Route 111. A village square likely would not increase traffic during the peak periods when congestion is most severe but could potentially result in people staying a bit longer to enjoy the square if they head in to the center of Hauppauge for a bite to eat, to go shopping, or simply to enjoy a walk if the pedestrian network were made more accessible and pleasant, with our sidewalk gaps being resolved, the deployment of street trees and brick pavers/ decorative concrete where warranted, and striping crosswalks and associated signage where they are needed. This needs to be a coordinated investment between the state, county, towns, and school district if it is to be pursued. New York State would be responsible for Route 111, Suffolk County for Townline, Smithtown for Brooksite Drive, and Islip for Lincoln Boulevard, and potentially the school district for its frontage on Route 111.
VT January 30, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Christopher ... sounds good on paper , but the traffic problem on 111 will always be . Good luck .
Christopher D'Antonio January 31, 2013 at 02:02 AM
VT- There are roughly 3000 Hauppaugians who live within a 10 minute walk of the center of Hauppauge. The rest of us live no farther than 1 hour's walking distance or a 20 minute bike ride from the center of our community. If the ride or walk there was pleasant and safe from all directions and the buildings or site plans were reworked for the convenience of people walking or cycling in addition to those driving then I could see the traffic problem becoming that much less of an issue for native Hauppaugians.
Christopher D'Antonio January 31, 2013 at 02:17 AM
We live in a great place, with good community institutions, some notable restaurants and businesses, a vibrant history below the surface, and some excellent community design features. The question becomes, if given a more ideal environment, would people come out of their homes more often and enjoy the wider community. Branchinelli's is already packed on a Friday night, the track at the High School sees a lot of after hour use, the library hosts well-attended programs on an almost nightly basis, the high school draws over a thousand students into the community center every weekday for most of the year and there are plenty of synergies between the retail and restaurant uses and the office uses during the day and after work is over. Can we tap into to this and make it work to the benefit of our community and the identity it enjoys amongst us and the face it presents to the wider world, or are we content with going elsewhere to enjoy things like outdoor dining, pleasant jogging routes, quality public spaces, an appreciation of history, the showcasing of natural environment, and attractive shopping areas. I see us denying ourselves the pleasant aspects of hamlets like Islip, Sayville, Port Jefferson, and Huntington and I just wonder why we can't pursue our own version of what makes them pleasant.

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