Creation of the mixed-use Ronkonkoma Hub, improvements to nearby MacArthur Airport, and new infrastructure in the Village of Islandia and surrounding area, represent a truly unique opportunity for community improvement.
The multi-pronged effort involves extraordinary cooperation between every level of government – village, town, county, state and federal — along with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. When completed, the 58-acre Hub project will include 1,450 multifamily apartment units, 360,000 square feet of commercial space and 195,000 square feet of retail space. The project is estimated to cost $475 million and will be paid for with a mix of public and private financing.
In 2014, the Long Island Regional Planning Council declared the Ronkonkoma Hub a Project of Regional Significance. The LIRPC recognized the project as an important economic development opportunity that enhances transportation, provides job opportunities and improves social equity by creating a diverse transit-friendly community with many housing options. The Council has also recognized Long Island MacArthur Airport as a regional asset and the addition of a customs facility will provide for international service.
In the spring of 2017, the LIRPC strongly supported the passage of a resolution before the Suffolk County Legislature that would provide funding for much needed sewer infrastructure for the airport, the Hub, surrounding commercial industrial area and future development projects in Islandia. In particular, the sewer infrastructure improvements would allow the airport to reach its potential as an economic engine and international transportation hub.