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Big Ideas for Rockville Centre

What would you improve in town? Share your thoughts on how to make this area a better place.

Like most communities on Long Island, Rockville Centre has great things to offer residents, but also areas in need of improvement.

Local crime has been a hot topic lately due to incidents like the August shooting near Old Mill Court and the assault on Roxen Road. Also, like most of Long Island, there are success stories throughout the business district of the community, but vacancies still exist and the need to attract new business continues.

It's times like these that people get to thinking about the home they love so much, coming up with their own ideas, be them wild stretches of the imagination or practical fixes that are altogether doable, to keep Rockville Centre great into the foreseeable future.

So let's hear them.

In the spirit of putting the local dreamer and the civic leaders on the same plane, we'd like to give all locals the opportunity to share their big ideas for Rockville Centre. In this forum, no idea should be shot down. Instead, let's gather as many suggestions as we can so we can later narrow the list down to the 10 most popular ideas for the Rockville Centre community.

We can't wait to hear what you come up with.

Frank October 04, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Things to improve RVC? Start with Aesthetics. 1. Step-up street sweeping efforts. Too many streets are left dirty for significant periods of time. 2. North Park Avenue needs a serious facelift. It looks so run down (with the exception of the locksmith's storefront - he keeps a fabulous lawn year round) 3. Find occupants for vacant properties. The twin and other vacant buildings in town makes it look like Buffalo NY. Landlords need to work with the village - if not, start fining them per diem for vacant properties. Quality of life 1. Do something about OMC. so many negatives and no solutions to fix them. Consider turning the complex to 65-yr and older housing for indigent seniors. 2. Improve infrastructure. Many streets in town are pockmarked with temporary repairs; damaged sidewalks and crumbling curbs make walking for the eldery a challenge; electrical lines and poles beyond their service life; and storm water drainage in and around town is atrocious. 3. Encourage biking throughout town. Create bike access lanes and improve bike parking areas (to limit theft). Think about rent-a-bike solutions for commuters. 4. Consider closing off South Park between Merrick and Sunrise and create open space... seems to work well for NYC. 5. Step up enforcement of speed limits in town. 6. Upgrade the rec center. 7. Lobby LIRR for more stops at RVC. more to follow after my afternoon mai tai.
Matthew Hogan October 04, 2012 at 06:04 PM
@Frank: I figured we'd hear from you first and these are some great suggestions all around. No. 4 on 'Quality of Life' is interesting -- I like the thought process there.
Parrish October 04, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Frankie you no longer reside in RVC anymore, correct?
Johnny October 05, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Frank, what upgrades do you suggest for the Rec Center?
Johnny Utah October 05, 2012 at 11:39 AM
For the rec I know a pool would be a big cost, but what about one of those "water playgrounds" like the one they installed in Long Beach. Overall Landscaping could be improved. Is it really necessary to have all of these chain link fences around the schools? Maybe masonry or wrought iron like SSMS. I always like the street signs in Malverne. Maybe replacing street lights with lamp posts could improve aesthetics. Obviously anything to improve parking would always be welcome as well as the unicorn that is a pedestrian walkway over Sunrise would make the town feel more accessible.
Nancy October 05, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Loved two of Frank's suggestions, closing S. Park Ave. to create open space and move to find a tenant for the old twin (this is a real eye soar in our community).
Mickey October 05, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Hey Parrish, Frank still lives in RVC.
Keely A Collins October 07, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Kiosks on major streets to hang posters for upcoming events rather than in every merchants windows. similar to the one on Front Street in RVC and the ones in Garden City. the posters fill up the windows and it doesn't look as neat as it could when you walk through town.
Frank October 08, 2012 at 02:41 PM
No, but my kids still do... Hey it's a great town and all I want for it is to prosper. Mickey, go take a long walk off a short pier.
Frank October 08, 2012 at 02:44 PM
@ Johnny Utah. I like the street sign and lamp post idea. Old canterbury has those really nice lamp posts. Maybe a long term plan to replace poles and signs (when obsolete) with more pleasing designs can be pitched to village hall?
Frank October 08, 2012 at 02:46 PM
@ Keely. Great idea on Kiosks. Definitely gives a sophisicated feel to an area... even if the town is filled with meatheads.
Frank October 08, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I was thinking a "facelfit" - new paint, stucco, updated fixtures... modernize the facility.
Eric October 08, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I recently took a trip to Redmond, WA. In their town center they had an ipic movie theater. The chain caters to a grownup crowd(21+) and contains a restaurant, bar and premium seating. I think this would be a perfect fit for the old twin and would serve to help the community.
Frank October 08, 2012 at 09:46 PM
@ Eric, I remember those in Texas. Really popular and fun! Great idea, dinner movie venue. Wouldn't take much to do... Only downside is parking. A venue that large would eat up an already full parking lot. As EJ son would say "plenty of parking north of Sunrise"... but who wants to cross sunrise after a few beers on a late night? Pedestrian bridge maybe? In the Keys, I just use my skiff to head to popular spots... If the Mai Tais take their toll, I just sleep it off on the beach.
Concerned Citizen October 09, 2012 at 05:05 PM
RE: Quality of Life.. Offer courses on what those octagonal red signs on the various street corners are for...explain what "No Right on Red means...," start handing out tickets for cell phone violations in cars...and enforce the "compact auto only" parking areas to keep huge Ford Explorers and Hummers out. Oh, goodness, these are revenue raisers, as well...
Smitty P October 09, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Clean up Mill River! We need to utilize the River Front. One week a year, late summer maybe we should have a festival on the river front. River Week '13.

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