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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.

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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