A new direction for Inwood?
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We hope, by having local commercial property owners participate in the Town of Hempsteads commercial rehabilitation façade program and streetscaping programs, that Inwood will see a beautification and revitalization of its business districts, Murray said. This will encourage both local and outside shopping in the area.
Finding new ways to use the town marina is also a big part of the plan for Inwood. Murray hopes to expand the existing marina so it can accommodate more users by making it into a part recreation and part commercial area. The Town of Hempstead also wants to create a ferry or water taxi pier that would have restaurants which could bring more people and business to the area. The marina area is not utilized enough to the maximum potential it could potentially have, said Vince Ferrandino, principal of planning of Ferrandino & Associates Inc. These ideas are something that Inwood could definitely pursue. The Town of Hempstead also wants to develop the existing industrial area in Inwood into one of the largest employment centers within the town. There are hopes to develop distribution facilities in the industrial zones near Doughty Boulevard, Roger Avenue and Bayview Avenue. The town also plans to clean up and redevelop the area's brownfields, which are abandoned or underused industrial and commercial facilities. There are a number of them scattered throughout the commercial areas of Inwood, ranging from gas stations to dry cleaners, as well as the vacant land near the existing LILCO site on Sheridan Boulevard and the industrial zone north of Burnside Avenue and west of the Nassau Expressway.
Despite being part of the Five Towns, Inwood is one of the poorest areas of Nassau County. The median income for a household in the CDP, according to the 2000 census, was $41,334, and the median income for a family was $48,345. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,009. About 12.4 percent of families and 14.6 percent of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.4 percent of those under age 18 and 13.7 percent of those age 65 or over.