Civic Association continues to champion brighter community

Signage, decorative lighting, ADA-compliant transitions on agenda at meeting

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The Blue Point Civic Association hosted their April meeting on Monday, April 4 at the Bayport-Blue Point Library.

A number of items in the community were discussed, but Roe Park was the biggest item on the agenda.

Previously granted funding from Suffolk County, the area is slated to be transformed into a community-gathering park.

Conceptual drawings of the future park are expected to be submitted shortly after working with the Town of Brookhaven parks commissioner.

Crosswalks and signage were recently finished on the corner of Middle Road and Corey Avenue, after ongoing concern from the community about the safety of the intersection, especially for pedestrians.

Finishing the paint on Monday afternoon, bright crosswalks with triangular yellow hazard signs adorn each corner.

An ongoing initiative to have stop signs installed in the intersection has been met with approval and devotion by Legis. Dominick Thorne (R-District 8), according to Alex Wellems, the vice president of the BPCA.

“The Civic Association is extremely appreciative of all the initiatives taken so far to foster the safety of pedestrians and motorists at this active intersection,” said Wellems.

Dunkin’ Donuts, which has purchased the land where the former Capital One Bank is located on Blue Point Avenue, has received approval from the Town of Brookhaven’s Highway Department (for the Blue Point Avenue portion of the project) and awaits decisions and guidance from the Suffolk County Department of Public Works (for the Montauk Highway portion of the project).

Wellems noted how Dunkin’ Donuts has been attending the BPCA’s meetings and offering support and inclusion to the community about its new venture on Montauk Highway.

Talks of a community feature on the site (e.g., signage specific to Blue Point) of the new Dunkin’ Donuts has been discussed with the new owners.

The first portion of the Suffolk County Main Street grant has been approved by the county and is returning to the town for comments, as the town covers the fees of the grant and is reimbursed by the county.

The plan is for additional decorative lighting on Montauk Highway in Blue Point from Atlantic Avenue to Homan Avenue to be installed with the monies set aside for this grant in order to make Main Street “…more inviting, more walkable…,” according to Wellems.

The second portion of the Suffolk County Main Street grant is to secure funding for a connection of Blue Point’s eastern business district (e.g., Don Quixote’s, Blue Point Diner) to its western business district (e.g., Burger King, King Kullen) through a walkway on the north side of Montauk Highway where the former Kennedy gas station was located.

As such, there is no sidewalk, and pedestrians would either have to cross Montauk Highway or do battle with overgrown vegetation to traverse between the two locations.

Finally, a serendipitous discovery of non-ADA-compliant transitions on Blue Point Avenue were discovered on Madison and Maple streets after a utility pole stump was removed as a hazard to community members.

The town worked with the highway commissioner and is now ensuring that the transitions be ADA compliant.

The next Blue Point Civic Association meeting is on May 2 at 7 p.m. in the Bayport-Blue Point Library, where officer elections will be held.

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