Baldwin Redevelopment Protest Planned

Baldwin residents Saturday plan to voice their opposition over redevelopment in the area, while also encouraging officials to address rental housing in any development plan.

The Baldwin Civic Association, which is spearheading the demonstration, scheduled a protest for 11 a.m. where it will address the “lack of vision” for Grand Avenue and Merrick Road development, according to the group.

Any plan, the civic association said, should encourage a walkable and sustainable business community. Also, the New York Rising program, created by the state following Superstorm Sandy to encourage community-based storm mitigation plans, should be taken into account, the group said.

“Baldwin’s lack of available rental housing should also be addressed with any redevelopment that the Town pursues,” David Viana, President of the Baldwin Civic Association, said in a statement.

The community, Viana added, is encouraging officials to include transit oriented, mixed use development “that incorporates smart growth and green infrastructure initiatives.”