Historians say the building on East Hoffman Avenue across from the railroad station is the oldest industrial structure in Lindenhurst, built in 1895. It’s the last remaining piece of Lindenhurst’s industrial history.
Anna Jaeger, a Lindenhurst village historian said they “… were hoping to keep at least some of the facade of the building in the building of the new apartment buildings that are planned for here."
Jaeger says the developer who wants to knock it down and build apartments would also like to save the building for its historical significance.
But according to a local publication, Tritec Real Estate is aware of certain "older" materials, including asbestos. The company Lakeville Kitchen and Bath currently occupies a portion of the building.
FiOS1 News spoke with the manager of Lakeville Kitchen and Bath who says the company will be moving to another location. But they say they're unaware of any asbestos problem in the building."
Some local residents we spoke with say they're in favor of putting the building to better use like apartment housing. Others are against the idea.
"Where is this area going to support 4 stories? Affordable housing at $2,000 a month? That's affordable? No, it doesn't work for me," said Artie West of Copiague.
Marvin Slifkin of Lindenhurst added, “It’s in a commercial neighborhood, you don't put no apartment housing in a commercial neighborhood. It's not right. No, my answer is no."
According to published reports, Tritec Real Estate still has to apply with the town to build the apartments. Co-owner of Tritec, Bob Coughlan hopes to start construction in 2018.