Downtown Hicksville was selected as the winner of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative in the Long Island region.
Hicksville, a hamlet in the Town of Oyster Bay, is a transit-rich and diverse community in central Nassau County. The Downtown Revitalization Initiative area is located within the central business district, and includes ethnic dining establishments, specialty food markets and cultural centers, as well as retail and office uses. Hicksville embraces both the mega-retail hub and downtown mom-and-pop storefronts. Public support for revitalization, coupled with DRI funding, would allow improvements in the pedestrian environment to make it safer and incentivize walking and biking as viable transportation options. Hicksville is already strategically positioned to benefit from and contribute to the projected growth in healthcare, high-tech and educational industry sectors; putting it on track to attract educated and well-paid professionals to the area. Pending improvements to the busiest station on the Long Island Rail Road will provide the opportunity for a true renaissance of the area. With anticipated increases in commuter traffic and demand for housing, the vision for Hicksville also includes new public space for events and increasing the diversity of housing stock.