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Update: ‘Shields Building’

The status on the building some expected would be demolished.

When it comes to eyesores in Port Washington, one stands out: the “Shields building” situated on the property that encompasses 5 Main Street, 1070 Port Washington Boulevard and 6 Ohio Avenue.

Currently the is leasing the property – in November, it signed a deal with Long Island Sound LLC to lease it for $1 a year – with an option to buy. Back in November, Patch reported that the property could be purchased for $898,000. Upon purchase, the town can , and turn the property into a public parking area.

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.

For those eager to see the building torn down, that time likely can’t come soon enough.

jonathan winant August 17, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Why cant the house be condemed and why has the owners been allowed to leave it in such a dangerous condition?
Nassau Taxpayer August 17, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Yet the Town can find $7.5 million to fund the Roslyn Country Club fiasco?
mouse71 August 17, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Excellent point!!! And it is a fiasco and a total waste of OUR money!
Nassau Taxpayer August 17, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Why hasn't ToNH issued Code Enforcement violations? From the Town website: "Property Maintenance 48) Q: My neighbor's property is in total disrepair, the grass has not been cut in weeks, who handles this issue? A: If your neighbor’s property is in total disrepair, it is a Code Enforcement issue."
George Mulligan August 17, 2012 at 09:19 PM
This is the first time I've heard "these are tough times" from anyone affiliated with the Town of North Hempstead. We just spent plenty of bucks to refurbish baseball fields at the waterfront park, and as pointed out above want to spend 7.5 mil for a new pool. But the town can't find the money to get this dilapidated building torn down and the parking lot constucted. This has been the biggest eyesore in Port for too many years. Let's get the ball rolling. Maybe Council woman De Georgio can light a fire to see this project through.
Dan Donatelli August 18, 2012 at 03:31 AM
The Town recently enacted a Derelict Building Ordinance. TNH could demand the rehabilitation of the building, and if the owner fails to comply, the TNH is authorized to demolish the building and to bill the owner for the cost. The Town needs to feel some pressure as to this issue.
NH pays tax August 18, 2012 at 04:45 AM
tough times ? why is Nash still on Town's payroll ? why can't Kaiman say the few words that Nash blurts out each year? (at$34,000 per year ). Kaiman could do it easily with his high velocity big mouth.
NH Runner August 18, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Yes yes. Issue bonds to acquire private property, then increase our taxes to a build a parking lot so we can charge $75 for tickets. that way, we can pay benefits for two or three town employees. How about this - encourage the owner to sell the property to a developer so it can be turned into something useful at little or no expense to taxpayers.
brigitte August 19, 2012 at 02:13 AM
excellent point, why should the owner get a million from the town which then has to demolish..... for even more money??? times are tough, hello town of NH, hello Kaiman did you hear that, did you even say that!!! so no taxpayer money but ordinance , to get that eyesoar away, private enterprise do something!!!!!
Bob August 19, 2012 at 02:36 AM
If this neglected property has been owned for decades by the same family behind Shields Hardware and Shields Plumbing, why would anyone in town do business with them?
jonathan winant August 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Nassau Taxpayer Good point and may I add unlike residents of lets say P. Washington or Great Neck 600 plus logic behind this. Why couldn't the Shield property be issued fines and the property seized under some rule maybe eminent domain.The length of time the building has been in this dangerous state might constitute that more severe action be taken. Seems like the building is far past the point of just being an eye sore. The Roslyn Country club issue is something every TONH resident should have a vote on. Give some people a free Pool and Park while others have to pay for the right to use other pools and parks and not to mention pay for paring Who patted who on the back?
jonathan winant August 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Nassau Taxpayer My reply to you is below and was cut upon submission. I agree with you whole heartadly. As reported 600 plus residents get somethng no other TONH resident gets, free use of a pool and park. P. Washington and other areas of ToNH residents should have had the right to vote on this issue. We have to pay a hefty fee to use the Manorhaven Pool just as Great Neckers do for the Great Neck Park District.we also have parking fees at the Pool/Park and the Beach.
jonathan winant August 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Forget the eyesore issue it is a safety issue. I wonder how Bill's Auto Repair feels about the possibility that the building next door could come crashing down or might be infested with rats not to mention pigeons.
jonathan winant August 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Let the town demolish the building after they find it is rodent infested and can be classified as an "Unsafe Structure" Then Bill Shields. If they do not pay seize the property turn around and put it up for auction and make some money or just condem the property. First and more important it looks like a safety related issue.
jonathan winant August 19, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Someone needs to give out all of the fact behind the Shields property issue. Money is tight and every dollar spent by the ToNH should be scrutinized. How did the Roslyn Country Club deal avoid that fact? Who is actually going to pay for the purchasse of the Shields Property? I bet it is with increases in taxes.
NH Runner August 19, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Mr wimant -there you go again. now you want tonh to take private property away? no thanks. it is an eyesore. but next tonh will take property for your old next door neighbor who can no longer aford to maintain their property. govt has too much power already. let free enterprise work. people protested chase over the park. why no protesting in front of shield's hardware? also, if tonh was not interested, the property would have been sold long go. The family is holding on for a big govt payout.
jonathan winant August 20, 2012 at 03:34 PM
NH Runner Read my prior posts once again. I was not talking about the house being an Eyesore, rather an issue concerning possible safety and health issues. If the house is deemed to be a health concern by housing rodents or other health related matter then something needs to be done about it. If so then the Shields family needs to address that issue. If the building is said by experts to be unsafe and in danger of coming down then that is another part of the equation. I wonder how Bills Auto Repair feels about the building. He too comes into the picture. As stated had someone been living in the house and it was structurely safe then the issue would be "eyesore" and that is an issue which is a whole different topic. The issue is Town wants to do something with property and first where is the money coming from. Second is what I stated above. Where is the response from the Shields family or which ever person owns the propetty?
jonathan winant August 20, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Valerie: Thanks for seeing things somewhat differently then some (unnamed ) posters. Safety of the structure and health related issues are very important and need to be reviewed immediately. Mice and Rat dropping could lead to Hantavirus transmitted in part through the air from droppings. Hantavirus can kill, people. As the weather starts to get colder rats and mice will look for warmth. Hopefully not in neighboring homes. Rodents bread at a ridiculous fast rate. Structure wise is the building safe to be left standing? If it comes down will neighboring business be damaged or could pedestrians be hurt? I am surprised that the Shields family has left the property in the state it is presently in. This is something which needs to be looked into as soon as possible, the problems will not get better by themselves.
PW Tax Payer August 21, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Why is it that when Shields property is involved it seems like the ToHN is laxed? Wasn't this the case also at the property located on lower Main St., across from the library? Is someone in the Shields family working in the Building Dept. or do they have a connection to an employee, that grants them favors?
mouse71 August 21, 2012 at 04:37 PM
It took them along time to get all the permits to build their new store after the fire...so no it wasn't the case ....They run a fine business and are struggling like all small business owners
Anon August 21, 2012 at 05:11 PM
town should either (a) knock it down and make shields pay for it, (b) condemn it and build a parking lot, or (c) levy fines until shields has no choice but to fix it up or remove it. Its remarkable it hasn't been dealt with over the last 20 years.
jonathan winant August 21, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Has anyone heard from Town hall about the structure soundness of the Sheilds bldg? Is the structure infested with anything which can be considered an enviormental hazard or hazard to the community? If this is the case then forget about the "eyesore" issue. Health and safety come first.
mouse71 August 22, 2012 at 01:53 AM
I do not get all the hoopla over this issue. It is an old house...someone make an offer and restore it...There are more important issues in this town...parking....crazy drivers...restoring our Main St and it's businesses.....just to name a few...
Nassau Taxpayer August 22, 2012 at 02:07 AM
There certainly are big fish to fry; the Town's consistency in enforcement actions is a whopper. See discussion of the property's history, prior citizen calls for action, benefits to owners, and Town's obligations under its option at: http://portwashington.patch.com/articles/shields-property-has-seen-its-last-days
jonathan winant August 22, 2012 at 09:00 AM
Mouse71 Read more about this issue before you responde you missed the whole point of the shields episode. One story is about the Town wanting to buy the property to turn it into more parking to help ease the extreme parking problem in P. W. Another article was about Eyesores in The community andother issue is people are fed up with the Town Of N. Hempstead spending money needlessly. Readers were showng a concern after the Roslyn Country Club issues surfaced. in that case the ToNH is buying the club to refurbish it and was first about to asllow 600 Plus Roslyn Residents free use. This is while we in Port have to pay to use the Pool and parking at the beach. Read all the stories about the Shields house and property once again then comment
Love My Town September 17, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I was just referred back to this article from the article in re-zoning Main Street. I was under the impression that the monies for this project was included in the bond for the purchase of the 3 or 4 other properties that were to be turned into parking too. How is it that there is no money left?
Love My Town September 17, 2012 at 06:09 PM
There were also to be a traffic study included in the cost of that bond. Where is that study?
Local Resident September 19, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Don't get all the hoopla over this issue? Really? This house has looked like this for over forty years! I live in a house that is over 100 years old...there is a huge difference between being just an "old house" and being an unsafe-decrepit-fire hazard-structurally unsafe-old house. If I allowed my property to get into that condition, the ToNH would be all over me with fines and penalties. How do you restore and beautify Main Street without dealing with this eyesore first?
Local Resident October 24, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Guess ToNH found the money to complete the purchase of these properties...so, instead of requiring the owner to maintain the property, we just bought an expensive parking lot.


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