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This Shields Property Has Seen Its Last Days

A 60-year-old dilapidated building is coming down.

A 60-year-old building, in disarray and visible from Port Washington Boulevard, will be demolished by the Port Washington Parking District, according to the .

The district will enter into a one-year lease with an option to purchase the premises, according to a resolution that passed at Tuesday's Town Board meeting. The district will turn the property into a public parking area. 

“This ugly building, also known as the Shields building, will finally be demolished after 60 years,” Councilman Fred Pollack said. “The building has been boarded up for some time, and it is long overdue and the town has been in negotiations for a while with the owner.”

Long Island Sound LLC, the owner of the property that encompasses 5 Main Street, 1070 Port Washington Boulevard and 6 Ohio Avenue, will lease the property to the district for one year for $1, plus real estate tax payments, with an option to buy for $898,000. 

Pollack, who was uncertain as to the start date of the lease, said the agreement authorizes the district to perform certain environmental testing.

There were no comments at the town board meeting for or against the demolition of this property. However, at past meetings Port Washington residents have said the unsightly building was a blight in the community.

If the property is purchased by the district, a phase II environmental site assessment will be conducted. If there are onsite hazardous materials, such as lead paint, asbestos or PCBs, Long Island Sound LLC will be responsible for the removal or remediation of these environmental conditions to the maximum amount of $89,800, according to Town Board Resolution NO. 634-2011.

Nassau Taxpayer November 18, 2011 at 03:25 PM
Good riddance and good on the Town to task owner with any needed environmental cleanup.
Jason November 18, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Fred Pollack is having a bad week! Last night did not help any........
Nassau Taxpayer November 18, 2011 at 05:13 PM
You are mistaken. The Town will miss Fred's diligent work in our behalf.
Jason November 18, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight! A sore loser is someone who loses in a fair competition but whines about it on a constant basis, blaming everyone around them for their loss except themselves. Fun to taunt, but no fun to play with. I am Done!
Wandell Thomas November 18, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Its about time that building is going down and well said Jason regarding Councilman Pollack.
John F Orr November 18, 2011 at 09:57 PM
This building was built in 1930.............81 years old
Dolores Kazanjian O'Brien November 19, 2011 at 12:27 AM
What's worse than a "sore loser" is a winner who is not gracious about it. Gloating is poor sportsmanship.
Bob November 19, 2011 at 04:51 AM
Very disappointing that the Shields family has left this highly visible property in such a state of disrepair for decades. Hooray to the town for finally cleaning up this eyesore.
Mike November 19, 2011 at 12:10 PM
Why is no one talking about the rediculous option to buy price of $898,000? That property isn't worth $398,000!!!
Ben November 19, 2011 at 12:43 PM
This building has been boarded up since 1968 when I was a kid walking from Evelyn Road to Flower Hill School. In the early 1970s the front porch was removed when Port Blvd was widened and what looks like an atampt at making a retail storefront window was installed - the frame no glass. I would be interested to know the history of this house? Was this ever a beautiful home like the ones a stones throw away on Beacon Hill Road? Who had lived here? Does anyone know if this was ever a grand home?
fred November 19, 2011 at 01:24 PM
I don't know very much about remediation of environmental conditions but the article stated that the owners are responsible up to $89,000. I assume anything over that is to be borne by the taxpayers. Is $89,000 enough????
Observer November 19, 2011 at 04:49 PM
Good question!
Adina Genn (Editor) November 20, 2011 at 03:38 PM
Please keep the comments civil.
Mike Depony November 20, 2011 at 05:25 PM
Where is The BUILDING PERMIT? Hope they do not have to wait as long as I did. Sorry: I am still waiting 14 months 3 Days!
Andy Waterson November 21, 2011 at 11:24 PM
Andy Waterson The building coming down is great and long overdue, now all the talk is the town will convert the property into a park and maybe a parking area for merchants in the area, Is this coming about before or after the environmental testing?
Local Resident March 06, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Any further news on the Shield's Property or is taking the house down going to take another decade?

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