Renaissance Downtowns’ efforts are rooted in the principles of smart growth, sustainability and locally-based economic development, using a comprehensive and holistic program to invest in the downtown with a goal of creating a vibrant, walkable destination neighborhood in collaboration with the community.

This approach represents a triple-bottom-line philosophy of social, economic and environmental sustainability, resulting in a revitalized downtown Hempstead that is once again a regional magnet for economic and cultural prosperity.

In order to achieve these goals, we plan on incorporating:

Smart Growth principles as defined by the Smart Growth Network, the Urban Land Institute, the Charter for the New Urbanism; green standards as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council; and local economic development principles as defined by Cooltown Studios:

Principles of the Smart Growth Network
The Charter for the New Urbanism
U.S. Green Building Council LEED-ND green neighborhood design guidelines
Cooltown Studios local economic development principles

Triple bottom line questions to ask:

Economic/Profit
Is the project financially viable to investors

Social/People
Are construction jobs being sourced locally whenever feasible
Is housing being developed at prices that the local residents either can afford or are in favor of
Are enough job-creating businesses being attracted
Are placemaking principles (ie CNU Charter) being met to ensure a high quality of life
Are there enough well-supported public places to encourage a sense of community
Does the community feel they have a meaningful role in the development of the project
Are there enough places accommodating the growing market that wants to live car free

Environmental/Planet
Are LEED-ND and LEED building certifications being met
Are there enough places accommodating the growing market that wants to live car free