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Renaissance Downtowns – UrbanAmerica Update Fall 2014

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Phase 1 rendering

Renew Hempstead has been working with the Hempstead community for nearly three years now, meeting with dozens of organizations and thousands of individuals. Throughout this period, there has been a constant stream of enthusiasm about the upcoming downtown revitalization and the tremendous economic and social benefits that it will bring to our Village.

The final milestones before construction can begin are now in place, as the plans for the first phase of development has been approved by the Village of Hempstead, allowing for groundbreaking in the Spring of 2015. This first phase will consist of 336 market rate residential units that have been designed in a manner to provide affordability relative to other new residential developments. In addition, the developer is working with local property owners that will enable the development of a mixed-use project on Main Street, near the train station, that will include retail and commercial on the ground floor and mixed-income residential above. Even better, Hempstead residents will have priority for these apartments, following through on the developer’s pledge to provide for our community first and foremost.

While occupancy is not expected until the middle of 2016, if you are a Hempstead resident interested in living in a revitalized downtown within buildings that provide amenities and a downtown living environment, please contact Latoya at [email protected] to stay updated.

As we move toward breaking ground, Renew Hempstead wants to thank all of you who have worked with us and provided input and ideas during this process. We will continue to keep you updated and in the loop as our Village is about to be transformed into an even more vibrant center of culture and commerce.

The photo above is a rendering of the first phase for the Village’s revitalization, consisting of 336 market rate units to be built near Town Hall. Below is the rendering for the second phase, including mixed-income residential above retail and commercial space located along Main Street by the train station.


The Chamber of Commerce Empowerment Luncheon


On Saturday  November 15, 2014 the Chamber of Commerce (COC) will be hosting a “You Are An Important Piece” empowerment luncheon and fundraiser. This event will be held at the African American Museum from 1pm-3pm to honor individuals who have shown great strides for the community in business, education, civic and justice.

The COC has been successful in partnering with local businesses and working together to help create positive change in the village. The Chamber has hosted several events geared towards getting residents to choose Hempstead First for dining, shopping and supporting local businesses by hosting an upcoming dine hempstead first event at Pollos Mario located on North Franklin Street where residents receive 10% off.

Dennis Jones, President of the Chamber of Commerce is hosting this event because he says he “believes everyone is essential to the turnaround and improvement of Hempstead’s business, civic, community and legal watchdogs.The specific important piece that we each play in making it all happen is what has to be realized. The event centers on empowerment and getting all present to recognize that they are an important piece to the success.”

For tickets please register here

Visit the to find out more about this event and other COC events happening in the future!


Hempstead Coordinating Council of Civic Associations celebrates!


hccoca_2014_octThe Hempstead Coordinating Council of Civics Associations (HCCOCA) celebrated its fourth annual awards/fundraising event on October 23, 2014. This event honored some very important individuals and their service within their communities. The Hempstead Coordinating Council of Civic Associations (HCCOCA) is a member association made up of 18 civic associations in the Incorporated Village of Hempstead.

The mission of HCCOCA is to promote non–partisan involvement in the day to day lives of Hempstead residents.  This is accomplished by promoting the following initiatives: conduct and promote activities within the membership that, foster community involvement and civic participation, engage in community forums to discuss the rights and responsibilities of good citizenship, provide community forums where community residents get the opportunity to meet and interact with elected officials, to share issues of importance to community residents, provide forums where community residents can interact and find solutions to common issues as they pertain to community improvement, i.e., neighborhood watch programs, neighborhood beautification programs, promote a sense of community by conducting community activities such as village picnics; meet the candidates nights, etc.

The HCCOCA also promotes the ability of member associations to interact and interface with each other through regular scheduled meetings and through the dissemination of information utilizing e-mail and other electronic media and provide a designated office where regular, scheduled meetings are held, where community forum are held and where all the appropriate records of the association will be stored.

To find out More about the HCCOCA’s event and future events or information on how you can be apart of the HCCOCA please call 516.414.4595 or email [email protected]


Upcoming events in Hempstead!

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There are plenty of upcoming milestones and events happening in Hempstead. There is something for every age. Please be a part of these great events and encourage your fellow community members to get involved and support some of our businesses and people !


  • The first phase of the redevelopment site plan is under review by the village which will include 336 market rate apartments. Read More
  • ABBA Leadership Center is hosting it’s 10 year anniversary at the Chateau Briand on January 26, 2014. Read More
  • The Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a fundraiser event/empowerment luncheon to honor those members who are important to their community in business, education, civic and justice on November 15, 2014 at the African American Museum. Read More
  • “Not in my Village” anti-littering clean up event in Hempstead on November 1, 2014 meetup is at Village Hall. Read More
  • The Hempstead Coordinating Council of Civics Association will be hosting its 4th annual fundraising awards dinner – honorees on October 23 at the Chateau Briand. Read More
  • Franchising and Business ownership program at Hempstead Public Library on October 15, 2014. Please register here.
  • Bilingual story time at Hempstead Public Library on October 11, 2014. Read More


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Renaissance Downtowns – UrbanAmerica Update July – August 2014

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Hempstead’s revitalization is going full steam ahead, with site plans for the first phase of construction already under review by the Village. This phase will consist of 336 market rate apartments units which will be located a couple blocks south of Hempstead’s transit center, at the intersection of Cooper St. and Washington.

This much awaited redevelopment will provide a kickstart for additional revitalization efforts, which are already underway. Renaissance and the Village are working with a number of local property owners to create partnerships for future development phases which are slated to begin in 2015.

With groundbreaking only months away, anticipation is building. Construction will abide by the Community Benefits Agreement, with a focus on putting local individuals to work while encouraging the participation of local contractors as well.

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