Ali RosenJun 30, 2016, 10:06 amJun 30, 2016, 1:57 pm

Crews raze remainder of historic Suffern hotel to make room for luxury apartments

Register from Hotel Lafayette will be on display at the village museum

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Remainder of Suffern landmark to be demolished, replaced by luxury apartment building 

The final hours have approached for an historic landmark in Suffern.

Demolition began Thursday morning on the remaining part of the Hotel Lafayette. The hotel first opened its doors in 1933 and the owner was one of the first ever to receive a liquor license in Rockland County after Prohibition.

Many generations of Suffern residents enjoyed the hotel for dinner, drinks, or even for employment.

Part of the hotel is being preserved. One of the cash registers is on display at the Suffern Village Museum.

And as for the next chapter of the historic spot, it will soon be a new home for many as the plan is to build a five-story luxury apartment building with 90 one and two bedroom apartments.

Developers say they hope the new project will be complete by early 2018.

The demolition project began in early May and reports indicate cleanup will be expected through the end of July.

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