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'Shields Property' to Be Demolished

Find out what will go in its place.

It's been called "vagrant" and now the building known as the "Shield's house" will be torn down.

The Town of North Hempstead board gave the green light to the Port Washington Public Parking District to buy properties for $898,000 with a $15,000 tax credit from the owner, Long Island Sound LLC. The properties are located at 5 Main Street, 1070 Port Washington Blvd. and 6 Ohio Avenue, also known as the Shields property.

This credit, provided at the closing will partially defray the cost of removing the asbestos and demolishing the house, which has been an eyesore to residents for more than 60 years. According to Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, the funds to purchase the premises are available through bonds that were previously authorized by the Board by Resolution No. 501-2010, adopted at its meeting on September 14, 2010.

But Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio did not agree with Kaiman on the costs of the deal. She said that other parking spaces can be utilized on lower Main Street and that she wanted 60 days to finesses a plan before voting took place.

“I agree the building is a blight to the area and must come down, however, if 30 parking spaces are put on these properties, the cost will come to $50,000 for each space and that is my concern,” De Giorgio said. “There is a more holistic approach to this issue and in addition $56,000 in annual taxes, which the parking district generates will be dissolved from this area.”

But Kaiman said the town board has been working on this for years and the time for a resolution has come, along with a commitment to the community that must be met.

“The town board wants to mitigate the lack of parking along Main Street,” he said. “Some of the parking spaces will be used for merchants and some for commuters. We are looking at between 15-30 parking spaces at this time, which would be put on the Shields property after the dilapidated house is taken down. “This helps the commercial portion of Main Street.”

Port Washington Resident Laura Shabe noted that the project is complicated and has been worked on for a long time.

“But it does not mean that it’s a good reason to make a bad decision, especially if it costs $50,000 per parking space,” said Shabe.

Kaiman added that there are insufficient parking spaces on Main Street and Port Washington Blvd. and these properties cannot sit around for another decade.

“This is the end of the road and the time has finally come to move forward,” Kaiman said.

The town board voted on Tuesday with a 5-2 vote in favor of this plan, with De Giorgio and Councilman Angelo Ferrara voting against it. 

A town spokesman said the building that stands on these properties will be taken down within the next few months and the parking spaces will be put in place sometime in 2013.

Kevin G October 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Here we go again, Kaiman giving away tax payer's money. let's hope he will soon go away ...... back to New Jersey.
Laura Johnson October 26, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Nice that the entrance to Main Street will now be a paved parking lot. Better than a derelict house, perhaps, but not a solution that was worth waiting decades for.
Donna Rice October 26, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Why not sell the lot on Ohio. Let someone build a home. The property will be on the tax roll and the money from the sale will go back to the taxpayers.
Local Resident October 26, 2012 at 03:34 PM
While I am glad that something is finally going to be done about this property, I feel that ToNH should have required the previous owner to maintain the property and / or demolish the building. This has been an (unsafe) eyesore for years. So, where did the funds come from? Two months ago the following was written in a Patch.com article: "What’s holding up the process? These are tough times, according to North Hempstead Spokesman Collin Nash, adding that the town doesn’t have the funds to purchase the property yet. Once the town raises the necessary funds, it could issue bonds to demolish the building, Nash noted." The article above states that the bonds were adopted on September 14, 2010...what gives? Which is it? More misinformation from ToNH? Also, does the zoning of these properties have to change in order to develop a parking lot. The reason I ask is that this block is not included in the current Model Blocks Overlay Area being proposed by ToNH. Something does not add up.
Local Resident October 26, 2012 at 03:40 PM
This was proposed a couple of years ago and John Kaiman would not even entertain the idea...now that he is possibly moving on, maybe the next supervisor will find the idea worth exploring.
Anon October 26, 2012 at 05:15 PM
the town was afraid to mess with shields.
jonathan winant October 26, 2012 at 07:05 PM
We the community and especially taxpayers are in the middle of a sad situation. Why should taxpayers, the Town of North Hempstead be responsible for the cost of demolishig the existing structure? If found unsafe the burden for removal should be on the owner erspecially after it was said to have stood vacant for sixty years. If the town wishes to purchase the land then thats a different issue needing to be addessed. Had this property been inside as residential community and derilict for so long I know many would have waged a battle to have the present owners demolish and clear the land at their own cost or the town would have performed the job and sent the owners a bill for services rendered.
Mary October 26, 2012 at 09:08 PM
It is all about who's campaign you donate to!
Mary October 26, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Why do people patronize "Shields" if this is what they do to Port Washington?
Cindy Pfister October 26, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I lived in PW over 50 yrs- and remember that house and one on Main St that i now a lot- boarded up forever
Bob October 26, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I agree. With so many shopkeepers giving back to our community, why would anyone buy anything from Shields who gave us this eyesore for 60 years?
KevTomMom October 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM
The Shields family also owned a dilapidated eyesore on Port Blvd near Weber Middle School.on the lot where there is now the convenience store. I pmade the decision to not patronize Shields for the reason that they have not been good neighbors in Port. (The family that owns Alper's Hardware, on the other hand, have been excellent contributors to our town). Plumbers also tell me that their prices are much higher than other places.
George L October 26, 2012 at 11:09 PM
just read in Great Neck News: Kaiman wants to borrow money $3.5 million to pay to Great Neck art center to keep it open . we the taxpayers will end up subsidizing a private, financially failed enterprise . Jon Kaiman came up with this idea after many villages in great neck stopped funding to the art center. last year Kaiman gave $300,000 to same art center so they could have a private "mansion party" at the expense of the tax payers . he did it under guise of promoting . it seems Kaiman has lost his grip on reality , he has been turned into a cash dispensing machine for his political bosses. what a Disgrace
NYB October 27, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Plenty of terrible properties around the town. What kind of a country would we live in if you were forced to make financially unsound investments in property just to make it look nice for the neighborhood? You want the state up your butt pulling your financial strings? Move to North Korea or some other communist nanny state.
Mary October 27, 2012 at 03:57 PM
The empty "Commisso" hair salon also looks terrible with all the pigeon dropping on the awning. They moved their businesses to newer, fancier store fronts and leave that empty one looking terrible. Why patronize them?
Anon October 29, 2012 at 05:12 PM
This storms makes you think.. How many power lines can be buried for 1 million dollars? 15 parking spaces or 15000 people out of power for a week... Even if 1 million isn't enough to do significant burying of lines, it's a good start and 1 million dollars more toward that goal than we have now... I really wonder what the people running this town are thinking
Lou kole October 29, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Shields are crooks. I promised after hurricane Irene I would never spend a penny there again.
Arguendo November 04, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Special Shields Sandy Pricing: $4 apiece for D cell batteries?
Local Resident January 06, 2013 at 08:14 AM
So Mr. Supervisor and Ms. Councilwoman, how is the demolishing of the Shield's property coming along? We narrowly avoided a disaster when Hurricane Sandy did not take the building down during the storm. Now that you (the ToNH) and by that I mean "we" own the property, do what the previous owner should have been LEGALLY REQUIRED to do and demolish this unsightly, unsafe building imediately. Removing this property would be the start of the "beautification projects" that Port Residents have been hearing about for years. The Beautification of Main Street can only start with this building. Following demolishing, please do not design a parking lot that has ingress from / egress onto Ohio Avenue. The adjacent neighborhood streets can not take any further cut-through traffic, they are overloaded with traffic as it is. This was a "promise" made directly by Supervisor Kaiman and at-the-time Councilman Fred Pollack, and was recently addressed by current Councilwoman DeGiorgio. Thus far, most of your other "promises" have proven to be worthless, so we now have no choice but to hope for the best and expect the worst from you and the rest of the Town Bored. Any ingress to / egress from the parking lot MUST either be from Port Washington Blvd OR from Main Street. But once again, I doubt any traffic study will be produced to figure any of this out.
Arguendo January 06, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Be sure to send Shields the bills -- which they should have paid long ago, for violations and remediation..
Valerie January 12, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Before that house is allowed to be demolished, besides asbestos removal, any "critters" living in it should be totally and professionally exterminated. After all these years of neglect, there may be mice, rats, squirrels, pigeons, termites, roaches and who knows what else, in there. If not done professionally, when demolition begins, where do you think those critters will run? They'll run to all the businesses,homes and apartments nearby to set up new living quarters. The Shields should have been made to be responsible for the house before being able to collect one dollar from the sale of it. Does this pass the "sniff test"?
Local Resident February 16, 2013 at 05:14 PM
When is this "house" coming down? Or, is the TONH waiting for another blizzard / hurricane hoping it will come down on it's own? And, who is responsible for clearing the sidewalks following a snowstorm?
Reyaz Nadi February 23, 2013 at 02:40 PM
As an artist architect from pt wash. I have better ideas for the three lot combind. A prking lot turn this corner of port and main not a very apealing project. A park for lunch hours and kids play area would be more appreciative to residence. RN

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