Syosset Park will have significantly less peak-hour traffic generated than was projected under the mega-mall plan, and far less than “by right” office campus or major industrial/business park campuses would generate. By creating this live, work, relax and play environment, with a balanced mix of uses that do not have peak traffic times overlapping each other (in stark contrast to single purpose malls, office or industrial campuses), independent studies show these types of villages are far less auto-centric at those peak hours when compared to like-size single purpose developments.
Smart-growth, mixed-use means offering a “park once” environment. For office workers, having the ability to stay in the village for lunch or stay after for dinner or to pick up basics before heading home. For residents living at Syosset Park or staying at the hotels, it means being able to walk to shopping, a market, a wide variety of dining options, a theater, and access to a number of public greens and a village square, as well as a 30-acre park for exercise or just enjoy. And for those in near proximity, it means easy access to all of these amenities that a mega-mall, and office campus or a large industrial/business park would not provide. “Park once” means far fewer auto trips “to and from” as you would see in a typical suburban neighborhood, where virtually every trip requires a car. Which means less in’s and out’s on surrounding streets, and far less severe “peak hour” traffic impacts normally associated with single use properties.
And quite simply, when one third of Syosset Park is designated exclusive to passive park purposes (versus large parking lots to support a mall, office campus or industrial park), and even more is set aside for neighborhood and village parks, plazas and greens – only 60% of the site will be developed for active uses. Imagine a place you can walk to, or let your kids safely ride bikes to, or access behind the school safely – versus needing a car to have those opportunities.