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What Does Downtown Rocky Point Need in 2013?

What would you like to see in downtown Rocky Point this year?

The downtown area of Rocky Point has gone through its ups and downs throughout the years, but the area remains an important piece of Rocky Point.

After many controversies, the Oxygen Bar was shut down over a year ago and now the entire building is for sale, so what is something that could come replace it? There are still a few retail businesses up for rent in the area, and there remains the possibility that a walking trail comes through as well.

What do you think should be done in downtown Rocky Point? What are some suggestions you have for the area and what businesses would you like to see? Tell us in the comments section below.

John T. Chiarella January 04, 2013 at 06:49 PM
A Long Island Railroad Station
Albert E. Hoppe January 04, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Rails to Trails would definitely be a plus to RPt. - we have 2 bicycle shops, and a fine ice cream parlor and restaurants/delis that would benefit from ecotourism (clean, neat tourists). It would then be a gateway to the trails in the Preserve. Would love to see a library substation move into the old Rexall drug store at King and Broadway. Would be nice to have an art gallery or two. One opened temporarily during the summer on Broadway.........need more and permanent ones. How about a Starbucks in the old Oxygen Bar bulding.............and an historical marker for it? I believe it was one of a Hallock bldg., not sure on that one. And, how about replacing the trees that get mowed down on Main St. by drivers.............and when they do mow them down, have them pay for the replacement! Thanks for this "open" forum. Albert E. Hoppe
K. January 04, 2013 at 09:36 PM
We need a Trails to Rails program to bring more visitors directly to the area. However, anticipate at least 25% more parking than one would think: look at what lack of parking has done for Port Jefferson.
Rich January 05, 2013 at 02:23 PM
A bulldozer
Carol Anthony January 05, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Small towns should have small businesses. We, as a community, need to support existing small businesses and embrace new ones in a more concerted way. On another note, I would suggest having more sidewalks and crosswalks for pedestrians and other pedestrian-friendly spaces that encourage people to spend walk and talk time with each other. Finally, while Rocky Point does not have the ugly prefab look of some other Long Island communities, there should be a focus on making the buildings within the same block more visually compatible.
Ebush January 06, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Since parking is an issue there...I would think a little park area with benches, shrubbery, landscaping, maybe a water feature, so when you shop at the ice cream store or bakery, it would be nice to sit there. Rails to trails would be excellent and in my opinion, cant be done soon enough. This is one neighborhood where you actually see people and kids walking around unlike some other neighborhoods. The benches would also be convenient for the bus riders.
Diane Blythe-O'Brien January 06, 2013 at 03:30 AM
Ebush, I completely agree with what you've stated...The building (and I use that term lightly) known most recently as the Oxygen Club should be taken over by the Town, demolished, and the area be used as a park-like setting with parking for patrons to use area shops, grassy areas, benches for seating ... simply a community retreat area. I'm sure residents would donate to have a small gazebo-like bandstand constructed for occassional musical shows. First and foremost that blight of an eyesore would be GONE...along with the out of area hooligans, shootings, drugs being dealt openly. While addressing that eyesore, might we not be able to request that the Used Car dealership on the opposite side of the road do a bit of a clean-up? No one is asking any currently open business to move, but can our local shop owners show some civic pride and do a bit of window-dressing, especially if it means increased traffic flow leading to greater sales? While I'm not saying that downtown Rocky Point will ever be a transformed Port Jefferson (which took alot more than a coat of paint on antiquated buildings!), it most certainly can be an area where people traveling east to the high-end beach areas may decide to stop and take a look around....if the area were dressed for 'success' as opposed to 'pedel to the metal and get out of Dodge'!
Rich January 06, 2013 at 03:57 PM
I say again, bring in the bulldozer. Who wants a park that looks onto a stop light, used car lot and old runned down buildings?
Captain Howard Hawrey January 06, 2013 at 06:57 PM
What a great question? It needs a sustainable energy, pulse, and heartbeat! It needs a reason to go there. I mean really, is there any real reason to go to downtown Broadway Rocky Point for anything? Wish I knew the answer as I would love to see that area flourish again. The Farmers Market was a great start but a once a week seasonal event does not a downtown make. The Summer concert series was great, especially with "Big Shot" closing out the summer but even then was there any good reason to go to Broadway for anything? The by-pass did just what it intended to do, It bypassed downtown Rocky Point. Getting people to go out of their way for a run down main street is quite a task. I'm lost for a good suggestion but I wish I had one
Carol Anthony January 06, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Bulldozing is one solution. But, after the town is totaled, will there be any money left to rebuild it into "Bedford Falls" or whatever "best place" is in the mind's eye of the community?
Dan January 07, 2013 at 03:23 PM
I recently purchased a building in downtown Rocky Point and have enjoyed my time there since meeting new fine people. Bulldozing is thoughtless option, then what do you do? I would like to see some of the buildings ugraded from a appearance standpoint with some form of imput so its somewhat uniformed. The sign at the byepass need to be bigger and updated. A park at the corner doesn't work, like Rich stated, not at all pleasing surroundings. It will never be a Port Jeff, not on the water so maybe put a committee together to discuss creating our own identity that will appeal to others to come and spend some time.
Tim Sicurella January 07, 2013 at 06:56 PM
A new (nice) restaurant would be good to see instead of an ugly run down bar. And I agree, a uniform building aesthetic would make the main street more appealing.
Captain Howard Hawrey January 08, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Making the buildings look better will only do that, make them look better. Main streets were built on as a central location or a community. That's why (not by today's needs) it was important to have something like a Post Office near by. Another restaurant (no matter how nice) will not sustain a main street. So I ask in today's era of instant gratification and shopping online what brings and keeps people coming to a main street area like Rocky Point? Unless there is a real "reason" for a regular visit to Broadway in Rocky Point it will go no where no matter how good the buildings look. Not advocating bulldozing but I'm not sure this area will ever recover. There is no real good reason to go out of the way to go there. And as I've posted before, I wish there was.
jeanne carlson January 08, 2013 at 09:20 PM
The "eye sore" building on the corner of 25A and Broadway (oxygen bar) has been there since the 1930's or 1940's the latest. For years it was known as the Brau Haus a wonderful German restruant and after that Charlie 5's. The building should stay and given another chance. What is to go in there is another story.
Marshal January 09, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Getting Rails-to-trails completed is a first start. Albert Hoppe has listed some good ideas. These are things that have been talked about for a long time. The big problem is getting these ideas to gain traction and consensus building. Lots of fighting about ideas but not enough movement. There have been 3 studies over the last 10 years looking at the downtown area, but no big improvements completed. Make it a more walkable community. Bring folks in that will use the trails, develop more programs to attract them and encourage visitation of downtown shops. Continue the work on plans to best utilize the park resources we have, that were started a few years ago. Develop more pride in community, street fairs, more sprind and summer activities that bring folks downtown. Just a start on the many thoughts...
Marshal January 09, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Also, keep in mind there is no reason to make Downtown RP look like or be another Pt. Jeff. It needs it's own identity and brand. We have previously talked about a branding campaign, maybe that is a good first step.
Lori T January 09, 2013 at 03:10 PM
A Coffee House Would be a great Idea!! We have too many Bars in this town. Or better yet make it an internet cafe. The bus stops right next to the place. This way people that take the bus will have a warm place to wait and will be able to get a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
DG January 09, 2013 at 03:26 PM
One of the best suggestions I have heard over the past year is to develop a park/greenspace and civic space adjacent to the new downtown playground and running up to and along the bypass. Although presently DEC lands, I am sure that a partially wooded, and beautiful green space could be worked into an acceptable plan. Green linked paths could be made to the ball park behind the church and to the trails on the other side of the bypass. The new park could have plantings and trees left along the bypass to act as a sound barrier. This new green space would become the gateway to the future RP. In today's world you need parking even for green-spaces and parks. Old Oxygen bar location is too small for a park and parking. Make that a cafe/coffee shop, clean up the corner a little, add benches and together with this new green-space and its parking area you will see the pedestrians come.
K. January 09, 2013 at 03:38 PM
A simultaneous opening of new (or significant re-opening of existing) busineses might do more than a piecemeal approach. An "image" or "theme" or something for the area might help steer the project; do you want to attract Families, Hipsters, staples-shoppers, etc. Do you want a Used-Book store and Internet Cafe - or - Game Stop and Skateboard Shop - or- Tattoo Parlor, 2 Bars and, oh, wait...
DG January 09, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Great ideas. Eventually when it starts to clean up it could become a cafe or eating establishment with outdoor seating. I think this idea with added pedestrian traffic could dramatically change the look and feel at this corner. Then they could add another entry to CVS at that corner so it is not turned away from street as it is now.
John Easterbrook January 11, 2013 at 03:42 PM
A Green village square in front of Gracies. Connect polk and garland to make an “east broadway” to help define that square, maybe a water feature in the middle. Google “village square” under the images tab for some ideas Develop an architectural style guide. To help lock down design standards.
John Easterbrook January 11, 2013 at 04:02 PM
With 25A being super congested just 14 years after it was widened from 2 lanes to 4, and national trends turning toward getting public transportation up to the standards that the rest of the world enjoys, it kind of seems likely that soon a rail system will return to the area. Some advocates have been pushing for a hub in riverhead to connect all three LIRR lines for a better intra-island rail system. It may sound crazy at first but at the rate we’re going, unless some invents the teleporter fast, Rails to trails should prepare for that ROW to be shared with some kind of public rapid transport system.

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