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Ronkonkoma Parking Design Concept Unveiled

Ronkonkoma parking structure design presented by Long Island Index as part of ParkingPLUS Design Challenge.

Concept image of Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design's idea for the Ronkonkoma Train Station area. Photo courtesy Long Island Index.
Concept image of Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design's idea for the Ronkonkoma Train Station area. Photo courtesy Long Island Index.

Long Island Index is unveiling designs for revolutionary parking structures in Ronkonkoma, and several other towns as part of their ParkingPLUS Design Challenge.

The unveiling, held at Adelphi University Thursday morning, was part of a national contest for architects and designers to create parking structures that would work to revitalize downtown areas of Long Island communities.

"We're doing something very new for suburbs on Long Island. We're using our downtowns for growth," said Bruce Ratner, Executive Chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies. "We need to use and design our parking structures so they interact with our downtowns."

Ronkonkoma LIRR was the subject of one of the design winners' unique projects.

To "transfer the intensity of New York City" to Ronkonkoma, Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design created a "super scaled, family focused, all season recreational park" that would transform the area from a soley a train station into a destination. 

The 1.75 million-square-foot design resembling the Empire State Building "at rest" on its side, the 4,411-spot parking structure would be capable of housing airport shuttles, farmers markets, indoor amphitheaters, and auto rallies, among other possibilities.

The designs are concepts and have no relation to the Ronkonkoma Hub project. That proposed $475 million development could bring a mix of residential, commercial, hospitality, retail and entertainment to the train station area is currently being discussed. Brookhaven Town is currently accepting public comment on the Ronkonkoma Hub project for 30 days following the hearing that took place on Jan. 9.

Michael Sorrentino contributed to this report.

Michele Favaro January 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM
How about going up and down Portion Road and re-doing all of those falling apart, empty strip store areas. Let's worry about the people who call this area home before worrying about people who want to take a train here for a day?
Jack McCarthy January 17, 2014 at 05:28 PM
It looks like the LIRR wants to make Ronkonkoma into Jamaica Station east. 4400 parking spots? At one civic association meeting the commanding officer of the local police precinct stated how many cars were having catalytic converters stolen off the cars in that lot and its a growing problem. Now this?
June Williamson January 17, 2014 at 08:35 PM
My understanding is that there are already over 3600 spots already on this lot -- might it be interesting to have just as many parking spaces, and other uses like sports fields and entertainment besides?
Mike Bonifa January 17, 2014 at 11:56 PM
Who's getting paid off here? What a joke! If things do go through, who else is willing to bet it's never completed as it will be an utter failure?
Jill Powers-Johnson January 18, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Looks like graffiti, goodbye Sachem! Why hasn't Islip apposed this monstrosity. This is the first step in expanding the airport, first you address the transportation system. Go take a ride to Kennedy airport enjoy the wonderful neighborhoods. So sad that Brookhaven Town is responsible for dumping this mess on Islip without a raised eyebrow from our elected officials.

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