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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.

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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