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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.

Observer November 19, 2011 at 04:49 PM
Good question!
Adina Genn 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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