North Babylon Walk Audit:
The Town of Babylon seeks to economically revitalize the corridor along Deer Park Avenue in North Babylon between Strathmore Drive and Sunrise Highway. The 0.9-mile long North-South corridor features two public schools, the North Babylon Public Library, a core commercial section, as well as a variety of residential land uses. In its center, most businesses, restaurants as well as the Marion G. Vedder Elementary School and the newly built Parkway Village Estates are located. This section of Deer Park Avenue is an ideal atmosphere for a genuine downtown, which is desired by the community and Town of Babylon.
Over the last few years, many Long Island municipalities, such as the Villages of Babylon, Lindenhurst, Patchogue, and Farmingdale, the Hamlet of Wyandanch in the Town of Babylon have undergone tremendous efforts torevitalize their downtowns, in some cases by prioritizing active transportation and more specifically the walkability and improved pedestrian connectivity in these core business districts.
Recognizing this trend, the Town of Babylon intends to make Deer Park Avenue attractive and safe for residents, patrons, and business owners and support the development of a safe, walkable, and thriving North Babylon downtown. Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI) has supported the Town of Babylon in this effort by organizing and conducting two walk audits for local stakeholders, analyzing the gathered input, and documenting their findings in this report.
In early September 2021, the Suffolk County Department of Public Works resurfaced the roadway, installed new pavement markings, repaired drains, improved sidewalks and curb ramps, and carried out traffic signal work along Deer Park Avenue (CountyRoad 34) in North Babylon. Walk audits were carried out in June 2021, and the gathered input therefore referred to the pre-improvement condition along the corridor.