The Empire zone designation in Wyandanch is one of many initiatives the Town of Babylon is undertaking in the community. Declared the most economically distressed community on Long Island by the Suffolk County Planning Department, based on available 2000 census data, Wyandanch is the primary focus of the Town’s community revitalization efforts. Currently 25 acres of zone overlay the area.

Babylon Town began its efforts by leading a community visioning process in June of 2003. Sustainable Long Island, a regional non-profit organization, facilitated the vision process which culminated in “Wyandanch Rising” (the “Plan”) a hamlet plan and guideline for future development. The Empire Zone is featured in the Plan as an important revitalization tool.

The Wyandanch sub zone includes the retail and light industrial center of the community located along the Straight Path Corridor. Light industry is targeted in the areas that form the east and west boundaries of the Zone. Light industry is discouraged from the Straight Path corridor, which is more appropriate for retail development. Retail/commercial businesses that will cater to the community, such as a dry cleaners, drug store, and full-service bank will be encouraged to locate in the Zone. The Town of Babylon will also seek to attract a downtown retail anchor to Wyandanch which will draw from a larger radius than the immediate community. Some of the industry that will be targeted include, but is not limited to:
Private Health care and professional office, Private training/educational services, Cultural facility
Restaurants, Retail/commercial, Light industry, Finance and insurance and Telecommunications, information technology.



*    Retail businesses must substantiate a capital investment of $100,000 or more or a minimum job creation of 2 employees.
*    Auto orientated or drive through facilities with access from Straight Path will not be considered for certification.
*    Non targeted industry will only be considered on a case by case basis, but must project a capital investment of $300,000 or more and a minimum of 4 employees with salaries equal to or greater than the area median income.

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