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You Tell Us: Big Ideas for Making Kings Park Better

As the local landscape changes with the psych hospital demolition, and main street fights to keep its local impact, locals are bound to have big ideas for their community. Let's share them.

Kings Park is a place in flux. The former Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital compound is being demolished in places, Main Street is hoping to attract new businesses to fill vacancies, and the ideological differences between local preservationists and proponents of change play out daily in our comment streams.

It's times like these that people get to thinking about the home they love so much, coming up with their own ideas, be them wild stretches of the imagination or practical fixes that are altogether doable, to keep Kings Park great into the forseeable future.

So let's hear them.

In the spirit of putting the local dreamer and the civic leaders on the same plane, we'd like to give all locals the opportunity to share their big ideas for Kings Park. In this forum, no idea should be shot down. Instead, let's gather as many suggestions as we can so we can later narrow the list down to the 10 most popular ideas for the Kings Park community.

We can't wait to hear what you come up with.

holly October 01, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Wow, I can only imagine you are kidding about the Chicken EZ Video.. FOR REAL, how about getting rid of that disgraceful store they call Key Food and trying to get a success like Trader Joe's in that spot. Now that would be a step forward for all of us.
John K Massaro October 01, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Now you're talking! I love Trader Joe's! Ever been to a Fairway Market? Closest one to us right now is in Plainview. Fairway would be perfect to replace that antiquated Key Food store...
David October 01, 2012 at 09:34 PM
How about presenting a wee bit of vision for some positive suggestions for improvement, as is the intent of this dialogue? I'm on board with Massaro :) Be part of the solution! Look at what Bayville has done - talk about out of the way. People come from all around to enjoy the restaurants, beaches, the strip. Not saying it has to be the same way in KP, but that was a struggling area for the longest time, then eventually they found the investors and made a workable development.
Barbara October 02, 2012 at 12:09 AM
This certainly is a travelled through town, maybe not Indian Head Road so much, but Main Street/25A is always busy with out of town cars passing through KP. Really like the Trader Joe's idea. Understand, families love the idea of outdoor ice skating, like any other outdoor sport - Superior caters mostly to teams and is quite run down. Lisa, maybe you have some good input to share, not just attempts to knock down our spirit since it seems you don't have any deep connection.
Liz October 02, 2012 at 09:01 PM
An entire overhaul of that dump of a shopping center would be great with high-profile retailers. Mom-and-pop stores don't bring in traffic unless they're chic and in high-end locales like Northport or Pt Jeff. A Fairway, a Starbucks, etc. in the Key Food shopping center would keep shoppers in KP and bring shoppers from surrounding areas to KP. Highly doubtful, though, that these retailers would find KP demographics appealing enough. Plus, KP is just not suited for high volume traffic, which does enhance its appeal as a place to live. I don't think there is an answer to KP's commerce problems.

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