|Brentwood Downtown Improvements
||Brentwood (Suffolk) has received a $2-million state grant for improvements to its "downtown business corridor" near the intersection of Brentwood Road and Suffolk Avenue and near the Brentwood Long Island Rail Road station. The grant, a Senate appropriation negotiated last year as part of the 2009 budget, includes $1 million for storefront facades, $750,000 for parking improvements and $250,000 for tree planting. (Newsday, March 19, 2010)
|Brookhaven National Laboratory
|| Brookhaven National Lab in Upton (Suffolk) will serve as the U.S. hub for data gathered by one of the biggest of six experiments at the huge Hadron Collider particle accelerator in Switzerland. The experiments are expected to produce 15 million gigabytes of data each year, which is transferred from Switzerland to BNL via fiber optic cable. Brookhaven is one of 11 "Tier 1" computing centers where most of that data will be stored. (Newsday, March 30, 2010)
|| One of the largest construction projects proposed for Long Island - a $636-million, 668,296-square-foot headquarters building for Canon U.S.A. Inc. - passed one of its final major hurdles Thursday when the Huntington Town planning board approved a site plan in Melville (Suffolk) for the imaging company.
The project has been a cause of concern for several years among Long Island business and political leaders, who worried the company, whose North American headquarters are now in Lake Success (Nassau), would leave the Island altogether.
The five-member planning board unanimously approved construction of the five-story office building at the southwest corner of the Long Island Expressway South Service Road and Walt Whitman Road. There are also to be two multilevel parking garages totaling 500,000 square feet. (Newsday, March 19, 2010)
|Energy Efficiency Grants to LI Communities -Nassau
|| The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced a second round of energy efficiency grants based on Federal stimulus money. NYSERDA awarded a total of 30 grants worth $7.8M to nonprofits and municipalities on Long Island. Some of the most significant:
• Kellenberg Memorial H.S. Solar thermal heating system
• The Long Island Home 45-kilowatt photovoltaic system
• East Meadow Public Library Energy management system
• Village of East Rockaway National gas fueling station
• William Floyd School District Geothermal heating/cooling project
• Suffolk County Street lighting retrofit
• Amagansett Fire District Photovoltaic systems; wind turbine
• Suffolk County Comm. College High efficiency condensing boilers
• Maria Regina Residence Insulation, high efficiency windows, etc.
• Town of Huntington Solar-powered electric vehicle fueling station
(Newsday, March 1, 2010)
|First Trade Union Bank
||Boston-based First Trade Union Bank has opened a second Long Island branch in New Hyde Park (Nassau) to go along with its first local branch in Hauppauge.
The bank focuses on small and mid-market businesses, government entities, unions and personal banking clients. (LI Business News, March 31, 2010)
|Francis S. Gabreski Airport
||Suffolk County-owned Gabreski Airport in Westhampton will undergo a $7.5-million renovation, its largest since it was built in the early 1940s. The project involves new office and hangar space, lighting and other improvements. The work, being performed by Rancanelli Construction Co. of Melville (Suffolk), should be finished by Memorial Day.
|Glen Cove Ferry Terminal
||Thanks to $12.1 million in Federal stimulus money, the City of Glen Cove (Nassau) will be getting a new ferry dock and terminal which the city hopes will become part of a revitalized waterfront. Construction, to be done by Chesterfield Associates, a Westhampton Beach firm, will begin this spring and finish within 15 to 18 months. Starting in 2011, two 140-passenger ferries will carry passengers to Manhattan. (Newsday – March 26, 2010)
|Long Island Spirits
||The Long Island Spirits distillery in Baiting Hollow (Suffolk) is expanding. The distillery has produced a new line of pricey fruit liquers called "Sorbetta" which has accounted for two-thirds of the 750 cases of liquor the company has sold so for this year. (Newsday, March 9, 2010)
|Stony Brook University
||The Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University will look to open its doors as early as July, instead of this fall as had previously been expected. The new center will conduct research on developing new technologies for the new sources of energy, as wind and solar. (Newsday – March 12, 2010)
|Whole Foods Market
||Austin, Texas-based natural foods supermarket chain Whole Foods Market opened its third store on the Island, opposite Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove (Suffolk). Besides bakery, meat counter and cheese displays and a full range of natural and organic products, the store has seating for 180 and a perimeter lined with prepared food stations, such as a fresh-squeezed-juice bar, a coffee and gelato counter, hot food and salad bars and a vegan-no-oil salad bar. In keeping with its environmentally friendly philosophy, the store uses energy-efficient refrigeration, and all its food waste will be composted. (Newsday, March 16, 2010)