Town to Improve Gardiners Avenue Streetscape

The Hempstead Town Board approved the measure at Tuesday's meeting.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilman Gary Hudes and the Town Board approved a bid Tuesday to begin work on streetscape improvements on a stretch of Gardiners Avenue in Levittown.

The bid was awarded to Condos Brothers Construction Corp, which was the lowest bidder at $250,000. The project will include the installation of brick-paved walkways, Victorian street lights, benches and stylized trash receptacles. Enhancements will be made on the west side of Gardiners Avenue at the intersection of Jeffries Road, running north to the entrance of a municipal parking lot near Amber Lane. Construction is expected to begin in late April.

“Enhancing our downtowns is a positive undertaking for both the neighboring businesses and residents,” Murray said. “It will beautify our community and continue upgrades that we’ve already started along Gardiners Avenue and support local home values.”

“Streetscape improvements to Gardiners Avenue are a welcomed upgrade to this important business district in Levittown,” Hudes said.

This is the second phase of the town’s work to upgrade this popular business and shopping area in Levittown. Streetscape upgrades were recently completed nearby on Gardiners Avenue in front of the Gardiners Plaza Shopping Center near White Lane, running south to the front of the Levittown Post Office.

The streetscape projects along Gardiners Avenue highlight important progressive initiatives for Levittown’s neighbors. Levittown recently welcomed the opening of a new Ford dealership on Hempstead Turnpike. Construction is underway on a new Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology Center at the lot next to the dealership.

“We are pleased to welcome new businesses in our township,” Murray said. “This, along with the streetscape enhancements, paves the way for a bright future for Levittown’s business district.”

Information from a Town of Hempstead press release was used in this report.

Levittowner89 March 22, 2012 at 10:11 AM
What a waste of money. Did anyone notice division aves? I bet not. It's time to put that money towards the residents. How about creating things to help get the teens off the streets on a Friday and Saturday night? They seem to be multiplying every weekend!
Susan March 22, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Big waste of money. $250,000 for such a small area too!
Pamela McGrath Solomon March 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM
How about making the strip mall by the Post Office update the awnings/facades on the shops? That would be a big improvement too. I would like Levittown to look less tacky and more upscale.
Amy March 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM
How about handing out summons for those trashy houses on Gardiners? This is a waste of money... Right down the street is a huge empty lt where the Ford service center sat. But why not put in new sidewalks?...looks great around the boarded up building.
Stephen Humenesky March 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Instead of fixing the sidewalks let's fix the roads we drive on.
Robert Demarco March 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Big waste of money. They "beautified" Hempstead Turnpike in this area a few years ago. The medians have weeds growing out of them, but it fits the decor of the vacant stores. Gary and Kate should find better uses for this money. I agree with a previous poster about opening a teen center.
JoAnn March 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Wasting $$$$$. How about making the crossings safer for the children and elderly on Wantagh Avenue near the ITMS???? Crossing the corner of Hempstead Tpke and Wantagh Avenue is ridiculously dangerous. There needs to be a flashing Yellow light OVER the road, so the speeding drivers that are racing over the tpke can slow down. Witnessed a horrible accident last week there when a NCPD Ambulance went right through the red light without even slowing down and crashed into a car crossing over the Turnpike. Fix the dangers FIRST!!!
Cecelia Sommers March 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Look where their standing the BIRTHDAY CARDS are HUGE this is part of the cover up
diane March 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Regarding the "TEEN CENTER" idea - it is not the job of government nor the burden of the local taxpayers to spend public money to entertain children. Perhaps if these families cannot control the behavior of their teen children, money would be better spent on parenting classes...or...wait a minute...here is a radical thought...put down the cell phones, turn off the computers and talk to your kids, spend time with them, do family things...take responsibility for yourselves!
mongoose65 March 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Classic superficial leadership from Kate and Co. Instead of luring business and development they put fancy garbage cans and a brick sidewalk in front of a cheesy strip mall, ignoring the vacated commercial building boarded up next door. How about incentivizing businesses to come here instead of shooing them away with onerous building dept. obstructionism? If we are going to throw money away, how about a new ice rink and indoor pool complex where the long defunct Kmart/Borders is? OfficeMax is going chapter 11 next so the whole place will be empty. Newbridge Arena is a dilapidated dump while Dix Hills and Bethpage are gorgeous new facilities. What better location and proof of our dedication to the kids?
Mike March 22, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Unfortunately when there's nothing for the kids/teens to do they end up walking the neighborhoods, doing dumb stuff. I'm not far removed from being a kid hanging out at the courts by CVS on Wantagh Ave (I'm 32 now). We were good kids (mostly) that did dumb stuff. We would try to play handball, basketball, but would get chased away by NCPD or Public Saftey. "Idle Hands.."
Cecelia Sommers March 22, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Go to hopeforhempsteadshelter.org and click on the town video's to your left it will break your heart and you will see how the town spends your tax dollars and how they treat the tax people who are funding the toh animal shelter with 7 1/2 million dollars and no one knows where this money is going
Mac March 22, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Another great photo-op for Kate!
Sue March 22, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Waste of money. I live on gardiners ave. How about a stop sign on gardiners & harbor? Its a raceway. How about on a weekend try leaving the gate open so I can take my kids in the park. The teens climb the fence anyway. How about the huge norway rats that roam the neighborhood? What about the nasty looking houses on gardiners with weeds and trash?
Mom of 3 March 22, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I agree with Amy & Sue! What a disaster these homes are. Is the town blind to this? The rats are also an increasing problem. Make these people clean up! We should focus on that and not benches and lights! Itms getting embarassing to live here!
Levittowner89 March 22, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I understand that parents should be keeping an eye on their children. But we all know better then that! Parents have jobs and kids want to get out of the house and hang out with friends. But they are everywhere loitering, LOUD and OBNIXOUS! It is becoming a public safety hazard the way a group of 32 just decide to cross a street in the middle(no light). If the town took on Kmart, boarders, office max and made it into a community center(so every resident can enjoy!) it would help. They could host punk rock shows for the teens. I went to so many.... In the neighboring towns. Levittown has no place for the many teens we do have! If you walk down the side streets and jeruselem you'll find smashed beer bottles and cans... Who's leaving them the teens walking! Who's crossing the street illegally.. The teens with beer! Its time to look at the situation to fix it before someone gets hit by a car! You'll find them loitering on the new 250,000 benches soon!! It's not that I have any problem with teens(i'm not that far removed) I just want them to be safe.
Stephen Humenesky March 22, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I would oppose spending money on some kind of community center since it wouldn't be used by the teens roaming the streets because they would not be able bring their beer inside. So they will still be hanging out near the pools and county sumps. Also as a parent I am responsilbe for knowing where my kids are and what they are doing. Its not the gov't job to find things for kids to do. Stop expecting the gov't to do your parenting job for you and start acting like a adult.
Levittowner89 March 22, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I bet your kids are hanging out with these kids. Do you follow yours in your car? I'd recommend you find out what your kids are really up too. I'd hate to be giving you bad news but kids lie. I was a levitt youth... I never did the bad stuff but I wandered the streets. You'd be shocked about what goes on with our teens. It's time to find things to keep them safe. My taxes are already crazy I'd like to see them go to something that's not bricks and benches. Those business are slowly going out of business anyways... Benches to look at Empty store fronts don't sound awesome to me.
Yankee1996 March 22, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Gary and Kate are up for Re-election in 2013 so Levittown residents should demand everything in 2012 and will probably get 75% of their demands met. That is the Towns MO, they issues until it is time to run. Go for it Levittown! Demand things you deserve! I for one would love to see the old K-Mart building turned into a sports plex for the local little league and JV teams, but that is just me.
gary March 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM
they should bring back our high diving boards with the money!
Levittowner89 March 22, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Yankee I like that idea it would be an awesome multipurpose sports place! I miss the high dives too!!
T. March 23, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Does she seriously consider Gardiners Avenue a business district? Why, because there is a PO there? There is nothing wrong with Gardiners Ave, How will adorning a section of the ave. going to attract anything? What are they thinking?(I dont think they do, thats the problem) There are so many houses on my block, (not Gardiners Ave) but in Levittown, that are either vacant or just totally neglected, its an eye sore for all to see and is so unfair to people who take the time to make sure their property looks nice. A house a few blocks down has been vacant for years,owner died, whoever is in charge of this house should be responsible for its upkeep, looking at that house one would think its been Christmas, nonstop, for the last four years, it looks awful, the house next to it is occupied, it has a few pieces of siding hanging on, its just frayed house wrap flapping in the wind, been like this for years the house is falling apart doesnt look safe at all,wonder why code enforcement hasnt stepped up. Our county isnt as clean as it used to be, I see litter wherever I go.The sump behind Center Lane stores, one side is a soccer field, its beautifully kept, the other side of it is the sump when looking at the ground if the sun is just right, it glistens, would be pretty if it werent actually mounds of tossed garbage such as broken glass, squashed cans etc. People throw old appliances, pieces of furniture, etc. in the sump, how about spending money to clean up the town?
T. March 23, 2012 at 04:55 AM
BTW Kate when are you going to let volunteer's back in the TOH shelter?
Mike March 23, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Teens wondering town, drinking, and whatever else is a problem in nearly every town, in every county, in every state in America. This has been going on for decades. I have a hard time believing that all the amazing parents commenting on "the teens today" spent all their time outside of school at the library, soda fountain, or playing board games with their parents when they were youths. Kids drinking, doing drugs, and getting into trouble has been an issue dating back to the 60's and probably beyond. If you're one of these parents that believe you know everything your kid is doing, you've blinded your judgement with your own denial.
Robert Keegan March 23, 2012 at 02:49 PM
This is all fine well and good but what in the world happened to the divider on Hempstead Tpke? When Kate Murray brought this project to completion it looked quite beautiful. Now all the plantings have either died or been mowed down only to be replaced with weeds and refuse. I travel throughout the US for work and I see all the time well maintained, landcaped meridians in downtown areas. Why not here? It's actually an embarrassment to Levittown when driving through our section of this road. Is this Gardiners Ave project going to wind up the same way?
Levittowner89 March 24, 2012 at 01:22 AM
I wish they would upkeep the things they do! Putting down bricks to just have them grow weeds between later is redicioulus! Get Kate murray a damn weed wacker already!!! I she wants to spend our money on unless cral then she should up keep it!


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