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Newly proposed plans for basketball court revitalization received by Village officials

Village by: Joanne Kountourakis, September 26, 2022

A shot of the current Northport Village basketball court and surrounding grounds from June of this past summer.

New plans for the Downtown Basketball Court Revitalization project were received by Northport Village officials this past week, submitted by engineering firm Holzmacher P.E.

The Village board passed a resolution to hire Holzmacher P.E. at its July 12, 2022 meeting, approximately one year after the project was first proposed and approved by the then-Village administration. Original plans, donated by The Laurel Group, were presented to the current administration on May 3, 2022; the project lost momentum when Village officials began to question the court’s size and the impact it would have on the community.

Prior to the July 12 meeting, Village officials had reached a compromise with project organizers on the court size: 64’ x 48’ (with a full paved area of 66’ x 50’). The project as originally designed also included hardscaping, seating and the inclusion of native plants and a rain garden.

With Holzmacher’s renderings now in hand, Village officials, along with members of the Village Board of Trustees, will review the new plans before presenting them to the public at an upcoming meeting (the date of which has yet to be announced). Village officials confirmed with the Journal that the documents are being reviewed internally and that the public will be notified once they are available for viewing.

According to Commissioner of Parks and Northport Village Trustee Meghan Dolan, who saw the newly proposed plans in a meeting with Mayor Donna Koch last week, the court specs are as agreed upon, and the rain and native gardens included. “It will be beautiful,” she said.