Mayor Robert T. Kennedy – Working to create a better Freeport
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The Plaza West parcel was put up for sale by the village earlier this year. Although the original RFP provided the village with a $5.5 million offer, the Mayor and village board decided to reissue an RFP amd increase the offering’s footprint. “We want to see a hotel there and want a mixed use for that property. We added the Plaza West Road behind the property on Sunrise Highway [as well as the Church Street triangle] to the RFP,” explained Mayor Kennedy. “There have been somewhere between 25 to 30 requests for the RFP and 23 walk-throughs. The RFP is due in mid-January so we’ll see what happens,” he said.
Mayor Kennedy is also looking to “annex a piece of property next to Goodyear on Sunrise Highway and put that up for sale for somewhere between $650,000-$700,000,” he said.
There is also the possibility of looking to sell some of Freeport’s Plaza East by the Long Island Railroad but the village is “working on the original agreement with the MTA to determine the number of parking spaces that must be provided.”
The Sunrise Meadowbrook property is still in development. This project, worth about $40 to $50 million to the village, has some preliminary agreements in place with the developer but “we have to get New York state to remove its storage facilities there,” said Mayor Kennedy.
“I believe that all this development will spill to the south along the Merrick Road corridor and to the north along the North Main Street corridor,” he said.
The Industrial Park
The Industrial Park is another potential economic engine for Freeport. Although “there is a 40% vacancy rate, it does not hurt taxes. The problem is with water and electric consumption due to poor occupancy,” explained Mayor Kennedy. “We are working with a marketing firm to bring in more tenants. We hope that a study will prove to businesses that our water and electric rates are good for business.”
Additionally, the village’s Albany Avenue property is also for sale.