Riverside Revitalization Project To Be Led By Renaissance Downtowns

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The Southampton Town Board was expected on Tuesday evening to award the contract of overseeing the development of a revitalization plan for the Riverside business district to a Nassau County firm that specializes in social and economic redevelopment of blighted areas.

The firm Renaissance Downtowns was one of three firms to respond to a request for qualifications from the town earlier this year. The other two proposals were submitted by a firm referenced only as VHB and by the Southampton Inn, whose owner had pitched plans for a sprawling hotel and convention center development along the Riverside waterfront a decade ago.

The packages of qualifications and proposals submitted have not been made public but a resolution on Tuesday night’s Town Board meeting agenda called for the board to award the job to Renaissance. Town Attorney Tiffany Scarlatto’s office said this week that the packages submitted in response to the RFQ could not be made public until the town had awarded the job.

Renaissance Downtown bills its work as integrating economic, social and environmental improvements as part of its revitalization plans and approaching all revitalization in a comprehensive rather than piecemeal fashion.

In other business, the Town Board was also expected to enact a new tax relief for homeowners who suffered from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. The town was expected to adopt legislation authorizing the reduction in town tax bills for 2013 on homes that were damaged in the storm.

Homeowners will receive refunds of town tax bills paid and based on appraisals done before the damage from the storm, up to 90 percent. Properties whose taxable value was reduced by at least 10 percent due to the damage incurred during the storm will be eligible for relief.

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