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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.

Renew Hempstead Welcomes Crescent Consulting


Renew Hempstead would like to welcome Crescent Consulting to Hempstead! Crescent has begun to help along with the revitalization process of Hempstead’s downtown.

Crescent works hand in hand with the Project Team, including the Developer, CM/GC, Majority Firms and Minority Firms to ensure compliance of all aspects of AA/EEO, Diversity, Local & Integrity Monitoring Programs. Crescent reviews all Program Requirements and creates a personalized program for Compliance, Monitoring, Management, and Reporting. Crescent’’s project managers perform site inspections and review reports to ensure the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) requirements of a contract are enforced through Contract Compliance Reviews (CCR). Crescent also works with Subcontractor Pre-qualification Process, Commercially Useful Function (CUF) Verification, Local Community Initiative Program, Local Business Participation Tracking & Reporting,  Local Workforce Participation Tracking & Reporting and Community Outreach and Community Relations.

Omarro Benjamin (Minority Business Enterprise Coordinator for Crescent Consulting) will be working closely with Hempstead businesses. Mr. Benjamin has been successful in monitoring programs to ensure program compliance with local, state and federal laws; monitoring program activities to ensure compliance with the M/WBE Citizens’ Advisory Committee directives; works closely with the committee in developing and implementing programs and activities that address barriers which hinder M/WBE’s.

Please visit to view more of their history and achievements.

If there are any businesses who are looking to meet with Mr. Benjamin please contact [email protected].


Are you a Renew Hempstead Champion?

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As the revitalization of Hempstead’s downtown is said to begin breaking ground soon Renew Hempstead is gearing up by asking community members to share their ideas of what they would like to see in their downtown and become a Champion.

A Renew Hempstead Champion exudes character, leadership, and the ability and will to want to help others by outreaching and connecting with the community during the revitalization efforts. Being a champion is a key factor in outreaching to the community because fellow community members like to see someone who is from their neighborhood take on a key role in giving valuable information and working alongside the redevelopment. As a champion you can work hand and hand with your community on ensuring the things you want to see become implemented.

A person can become officially recognized as a champion by: being a top contributor for the month with indications of sustaining and committing to championing an idea by campaigning vigorously for it, investing in it, speaking in public on behalf of it.

Visit and find out more about becoming a champion and what some of your fellow community members are talking about!


Welcome Back to School Students!!!


Welcome back to school to all students and staff!

Education is important and so is uplifting and taking pride in your community.  This is a perfect opportunity to  share some ideas and thoughts of some of the things you would like to see in Hempstead. As youth you can help shape a better community with vibrancy, activities and more of the things that would help create a fun and walkable downtown. It is a great step to encourage friends, family and other relatives to log on to and check out some of the cool ideas that fellow community members are interested in having implemented into a flourishing revitalized downtown.

There are several ideas on the site that are geared towards our youth which will help ensure some safe and fun extracurricular activities. On Renew Hempstead there are ideas like a Center for Arts and Technology, a Movie Theater, a Cultural Arts Center and a Skate Park. You can “like” or upvote these ideas and campaign either in school, at work, at home with your neighbors, and have your voices heard by adding comments to show your support and encourage dialogues about new ideas.  Since Hofstra is connected to the community you could think of ways to incorporate new ideas into classes or some of the things college students need to stay right in Hempstead instead of going to other states for college.

If you would like to know more about Renew Hempstead and ways you can get involved, please feel free to email [email protected] or call (516) 307-8310.


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