Port Washington citizens will have the chance to weigh in on an opportunity to create a new Main Street.
The initiative stems from Residents for A More Beautiful Port Washington, along with the Town of North Hempstead and the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District.
Together, they are proposing a "model blocks" program along Main Street from from Port Washington Boulevard to Haven Avenue. It features upgrades to building facades and storefronts, new open spaces for pedestrian amenities, the opportunity for new mixed-use development, improved streetscape, and expanded off-street parking areas.
"Our Main Street is frozen in time, circa 1950," said Dan Donatelli, at a recent press conference. Donatelli is co-president of Residents for A More Beautiful Port Washington.
He added, "Our buildings have gotten old and outdated, and it's clear that whatever planning that was done 60 years ago, isn't working anymore."
The organizations are working with BJF Consulting, a New York-based firm whose expertise includes planning and whose work can be seen in Garden City, Southampton and more.
After discussions with local, and state elected officials, property owners, merchants, developers, special districts, civic groups and more, Residents is now asking for feedback.
The public has the chance to weigh in by attending a presentation at the Port Washington Public Library on Nov. 17, from 7-9 p.m. Or, view the presentation online.