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The Hempstead Town Board voted on Jan. 21 to adopt the Baldwin zoning overlay district, which will have a temporary zoning code meant to encourage developers to build in the area and revitalize the struggling downtown that has had empty storefronts and vacant buildings for nearly 20 years. Read more in the LIHERALD
On March 18 they will vote on a $158 million bond that would fund the proposed district-wide project, titled Innovation 2020. The vote will be held from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the high school, at 841 Ethel T. Kloberg Drive. Read more in the LIHERALD
The bond is to be voted on by the public on March 18, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the high school, at 841 Ethel T. Kloberg Drive. Read more in the LIHERALD
As efforts to redevelop Baldwin’s downtown progress, residents and Baldwin Civic Association members are calling on the Town of Hempstead’s Zoning Board of Appeals to revoke a variance allowing the owner of the car storage lot at Sunrise Highway and Grand Avenue to continue storing vehicles there.
Twelve people shared their concerns with zoning board trustees at a hearing at Town Hall on Dec. 4, Read more in the LIHERALD
At the session, held in the Baldwin High School cafeteria, planning committee members and residents asked about extending the boundary of the revitalization area and discussed the goals of the initiative for the next six months. Read more in the LIHERALD
A major commercial developer expressed interest in constructing a mixed-use commercial-residential project in Baldwin, next to the Long Island Rail Road station, at a Sept. 3 public hearing at Hempstead Town Hall. At the same session, a number of residents shared traffic concerns if downtown development were to move forward in the community. Read more in the LIHERALD
Mark your calendars: The inaugural Grand Baldwin Festival will take place on Oct. 19, celebrating the community and promoting a vibrant business and drug-free environment, organizers said.
“It’s to raise community pride and to show people that, yes, we do have a lot going for us,” said Claudia Rotondo, co-chair of the Grand Baldwin Festival Planning Committee. “With this revitalization grant now, hopefully we’ll have even more going for us,” she added, referring to a $10 million grant recently awarded to Baldwin by New York state to revitalize its downtown area. Read more in the LIHERALD
Hundreds of people packed the Baldwin Community Garden on Sept. 7 for the inaugural AfroFest celebration, an afternoon of music, dance, art and food representing the culture of Africa and the African diaspora.
While festivals like AfroFest have been held around the world, including in Manhattan and Chicago, organizers said it was the first held on Long Island.
Baldwin couple Lisa and Cosmas Collins decided it was time to bring a festival observing the everyday impacts of the African diaspora to their hometown. Read more in the LIHERALD
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