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Redevelopment/Land Use

  • A greenfield is undeveloped land that does not have an environmental barrier to development. There are very few greenfields left on Long Island. Any development likely on the Port Washington Peninsula will be redevelopment of existing properties.

  • A grayfield redevelopment is the process of reclaiming existing developed sites that are economically nonviable and transforming them into new uses that can revitalize a local economy.

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      Often grayfields are under utilized regional shopping malls and strip shopping centers that can be

transformed into mixed-use town centers.

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    Additionally, grayfields redevelopment can include transforming downtown and commercial corridors

to meet the needs of a mature community.

A brownfield site is defined, by the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” 1

  • The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that there are over 450,000 brownfield sites in the United States. The EPA offers grants to local governments to assist in remediating and redeveloping brownfield sites.

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      The Town of North Hempstead received a $200,000 grant from the EPA for site assessment in New


o This EPA Pilot Demonstration Grant was used to facilitate redevelopment along Prospect Avenue.

As commercial and industrial uses on the Port Washington Peninsula change, properties can be remediated, if necessary, and redeveloped to meet new needs or converted to open space.

With the limited space available on the Port Washington Peninsula for new development or open space, it is vital to take an inventory of existing parcels that might be redeveloped or converted to open space.

Redeveloping existing properties can increase the local tax base, create jobs, and reduce pressure to develop the remaining open space on the Port Washington Peninsula.


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United States Environmental Protection Agency website. USEPA Brownfield and Redevelopment http://www.epa.gov/brownfields.

April Brown Lake (516) 627-4062 www.northhempstead.com pwvisioning@northhempstead.com

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