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Westbury Revitalization Plan Hopes To Attract Millennials, Retain Seniors

The LIRR Report
An LIRR train arriving at the Westbury Station in 2018. The village will be rezoning the area near the station to encourage both younger and older people to live in the downtown area.

A plan to rezone an industrial area near the train station in Westbury, Long Island, into a neighborhood that appeals to young people and seniors is underway.

“Seniors being unable to keep their homes because of the high cost of living here, you have also heard about the brain drain, where college kids, people who have graduated from college can’t afford to live here, so that raises a lot of concerns that you’re not keeping and retaining talent,” said Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro.

The plan to revitalize downtown Westbury comes after the village received a $10 million grant from New York State three years ago.

Officials say the funding will be used to rezone 50 acres to help attract businesses and multifamily housing to the area for seniors and millennials who want to live near a train station.

Supporters of the plan say this will help commuters access jobs in New York City.