Where Should Hauppauge's Town Center, Village Green Be?

Locals lament lack of central community hub. Let us know where you would like to see one developed.

Hauppauge has a lot of great attributes including some of the region's best dining and a regional employment engine with its industrial park.

But for all it does have, many in Hauppauge have lamented the lack of a central area in the community. Unlike nearby Smithtown, Stony Brook and Port Jefferson, Hauppauge has no downtown. In fact, it even lacks a central village green where locals can gather.

To be fair, there are no plans on the table to create a community hub in Hauppauge, but that shouldn't stop its residents from imagining a place in town where, just maybe, one day a Hauppauge downtown or village green could emerge.

So let us know in the comments: Where should Hauppauge's center of town be? Where would a village green fit in nicely? We'll collect the best answers for a future post.

Christopher D'Antonio January 24, 2013 at 04:56 AM
Henry, I can't than you enough for reviving this topic. I am presently working on a draft plan to reinforce the identity of Hauppauge's "center", which includes recommendations for parking, public space, zoning changes, circulation improvements, provisions for a continuous sidewalk network and the implementation of bike lanes. I would someday like to present it to my fellow Hauppaugians for input. As for the question of where a downtown or village green could emerge, I see three sites with enormous potential based on their current layout, uses, and location in the "center" of Hauppauge: 1. Redeveloping Atrium Plaza to front the building onto Wheeler Road, and investing in the vacant land to the west of it as a green or tearing up the parking lot on the east side of Atrium Plaza and constructing a small green with a bioswale or large rain garden representative of the springs which lend Hauppauge its name, and relocating the parking spaces lost to the vacant land to the west of Atrium Plaza as a public parking lot. 2. Redeveloping the Branchinelli's Shopping Center with an eye toward preserving the existing businesses but perhaps adding on a floor with apartments above and a public plaza on the corner of Townline and Wheeler. 3. Covering the parking in front of Shoprite and A.C. Moore with a sturdy landscaped roof and connecting it to the hill to the southwest to provide breathtaking vistas and a unique public square.
Henry Powderly (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Chris, thank you for the feedback. If you'd like to share the details of you plan, we'd gladly showcase them here.
RC January 25, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Rt 111 is so congested during week I , as well as others on area , avoid it unless we have no choice.
Christopher D'Antonio January 25, 2013 at 03:57 AM
RC- as perverse as it might sound, congestion is a sign that an area is busy and thriving. In the world of community planning, it is a problem which many places downtrodden wish they had. So in the same breath that we look to resolve our congestion issues, we should also be looking to benefit from the traffic being funneled through our "center." Maybe someone stops off at Branchinelli's, runs to Shoprite, or heads to Tomkin's Pharmacy because it is convenient and because the traffic makes another destination less attractive.
Christopher D'Antonio January 25, 2013 at 04:05 AM
There are several tactics which might resolve congestion on Route 111: 1. Create interior service roads by requiring cross access between businesses along Route 111 where possible. This allows businesses and offices to share parking more easily and keeps traffic moving between uses on either side from entering Route 111 to make such movement. This has already been done between Staples and Shoprite, and one could only wonder how traffic would be impacted if they were not linked internally. 2. Complete the sidewalk network and add bicycle lanes. Every little bit counts and any trips we can move out of cars through more convenient safer facilities is one less contribution to congestion. 3. Widen Route 111 to four lanes throughout. This would allow for greater volume to be handled along 111, however without widening all the way along 111 or its connecting roadways congestion would still persist and might potentially worsen through a phenomenon known as induced demand whereby the roads would become as congested as before because the new capacity would attract more people to drive on the route.
Christopher D'Antonio January 25, 2013 at 04:18 AM
4. Create a bus rapid transit route along Route 111 from Smithtown to Islip. With stops only at Smithtown, Maple Avenue, Hauppauge, LIE, Motor Parkway, Suffolk Avenue, Sycamore Street, Beaverdam Road, Moffitt Boulevard, and Islip. This should ideally have speeds comparable to existing car travel, 30 min frequencies (15 during peak), traffic signal priority, off-board fare collection, low floor buses, queue jumps at big intersections, and walking and cycling improvements within a 1/2 mile- 1 mile of transit stations. Given these improvements and matching improvements systemwide a significant number of drivers stand to potentially commute by bus rapid transit.
Christopher D'Antonio January 25, 2013 at 04:26 AM
5. In connection with creating interior service roads, curb cuts could be strategically eliminated to limit the number of locations where turning movements which delay traffic might occur. This could be accompanied by aggressive implementation of right-in, right-out driveways, removing the potential for left turns to delay traffic
Paul Borowski January 25, 2013 at 06:34 PM
I suggest that possibly the area next to the Branchinelli's Shopping Center at the intersection of Lincoln Blvd and Townline Road, that is currently a vacant lot, with a type of Hauppauge Honor Roll for Veteran's, Flag Pole, gazebo, etc., near the Middle School and High School, along the Hauppauge Homecoming Parade route.


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