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Thursday, December 18, 2014
A new direction for Inwood?
By EVAN NEMEROFF
the Town of Hempstead continues to plan, and listen to the public, regarding the process of “community visioning” to develop a comprehensive future outlook for the hamlet of Inwood.
The town continues to identify goals, objectives and strategies to address a variety of issues including economic development, housing options, community character, land uses, natural resources, community facilities and services, infrastructure and transportation to guide long-range decision-making that will affect growth and development in the Inwood area.
“We are hoping to achieve the community goals of a revitalization of Inwood,” Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray said. “We are optimistic that it will result in the same type of community involvement as the Elmont visioning has. We believe that this will have a positive impact on the quality of life of our local residents.”
Inwood is a census-designated place (CDP) in Nassau County with a population of 9,325, along with 3,041 households and 2,253 families residing in the CDP, according to the 2000 census. The racial makeup of the area is extremely diverse. Just over 53 percent of the people in the population are white; 25.87 percent are African-American; with slightly more than 15 percent from other races, including Native American, Asian and Pacific Islander. Slightly more than 26 percent are Hispanic or Latino of any race and 5.39 percent have a background from two or more races.
There are plans to revitalize the existing neighborhood by making it more retail-oriented. The main area of focus is for Sheridan Boulevard and Burnside Avenue to be the central spine of commercial activities. This would occur by rezoning a portion of Burnside Avenue into a business district and improving the streetscape on both streets. This would include fixing curbs and adding trash receptors, which would be funded by the county.
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