Mayor Robert T. Kennedy – Working to create a better Freeport
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The Industrial Park is also home to the village’s Department of Public Works. Mayor Kennedy is still hopeful that it will be possible to move that facility up to the Freeport Armory on Babylon Turnpike in order to save $4 million, including the cost of replacing oil tanks damaged in Sandy and the government’s cost for compliance to elevate its facilities.
But legislation was passed in the state Assembly and Senate that could transfer the Freeport Armory and the surrounding land to the Cedarmore Community Development Corporation, housed in Zion Cathedral Church of God in Christ, to provide services for at-risk youth.
“The bill is still sitting on the Governor’s desk,” said Mayor Kennedy. “We are urging him not to sign it...” At press time, Wednesday, December 18, no decision had been made on the bill.
Development along the Nautical Mile
The Hunter Marine building on the Nautical Mile is slated for development as a catering hall operated by MINT Restaurants, said Mayor Kennedy. Additionally, the property to the south, the former Schooner Restaurant, may be developed as a conference center and hotel.
Furthermore, Mayor Kennedy said he wants “to put a family amusement park like [the former] Nunley’s in Seabreeze Park. It would be open in the summer and would have rides for those up to 13 years of age. It would close at sunset.”
Parking and other quality of life issues
With all the potential development along the Nautical Mile, parking could be a problem. However, the village has hired a parking consultant to address it. “We could create a parking district for those who live on the streets near the Nautical Mile to keep people from parking on residential streets,” he said. Mayor Kennedy wants to “build a multi-level parking lot [in the municipal lot on the Nautical Mile] that would be aesthetically pleasing.”
Additionally, there could be a trolley service taking patrons from the Freeport Recreation Center to the Nautical Mile in an effort to manage the parking issues.
By late Spring of 2014, residents along Guy Lombardo and Hudson Avenue will see a decrease in nuisance flooding thanks to five new pumping stations at a cost of $125,000 per station.