Downtown Central Islip was selected as the winner of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative in the Long Island region.
Central Islip is a diverse economic and residential community with over one-third of its population represented by ethnic minorities. As a result of this diverse economy and increasing residential population, the downtown Central Islip is on the verge of becoming a vibrant transit-oriented epicenter for the entire Islip community. DRI funds will be used to leverage the state's investment in the LIRR Third Track and Double Track projects by promoting transit oriented development and downtown revitalization adjacent to the Central Islip rail station. With building façade and landscaping improvements, this downtown can become a more inviting, enjoyable and successful area. There are many sites along the downtown Carleton Avenue corridor that are ripe for redevelopment with the advent of sewers, including a potential public/private partnership that would be ideal for needed mixed-use, transit oriented development.