A new direction for Inwood?
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These statistics are proof of the need for more affordable housing within the community. An investigation is currently being conducted to assess the possibility of converting or re-using vacant and under-utilized buildings for residential use, including senior housing, in order to accomplish this. We want to start small, not getting too complex right now, Ferrandino said. This investigation would not adversely impact the residential neighborhood.
Overall, there have been positive reactions to the proposals to change the future of Inwood, but some in the community are still worried about certain aspects of the plan. I am happy with the ideas that the Town of Hempstead came up with, said Greg Nunn, president of the Inwood Community Group. The only thing that many people are upset about is not knowing the rezoning of the area because it changes from block to block.
Roy Meserole, chairman of the planning and zoning committee of the Inwood Civic Association, feels that there needs to be change in the community, but agrees that rezoning may cause problems. There were not too many objectionable things that we could see, Meserole said. But its also important not to re-zone because we need affordable housing, and there is only so much land that the town has to work with. The Town of Hempstead is looking forward to a brighter future for Inwood in the coming years. The best thing about visioning is that it is a living document that will change as it becomes reality, Murray said. There are usually short, mid and long-term goals. In fact, we have already had the Long Island Bus address route changes to accommodate transportation goals identified by residents at initial visioning meetings. We are looking to community residents to tell us where they believe we should concentrate our energies and hope to have a good idea as to where to begin after the initial process is concluded sometime next spring.
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