INWOOD, NY– Nassau County Executive Laura Curran today joined Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford, New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky, New York State Assemblywoman Missy Miller, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen and Town of Hempstead Councilman Bruce Blakeman to announce the demolition of a blighted county-owned building. The crumbling structure, located at 175 Roger Avenue in Inwood, has plagued the surrounding community for years.
“This Rogers Avenue property has been an eyesore to the Inwood community for far too long,” said Curran. “However, dramatic progress is in sight. Today marks the first step to cleaning this location up and returning the property to our tax roll.”
The former site of Rockaway Metal Products Inc., the now-dilapidated building has been abandoned for about 28 years. Over time, the roughly 85,000-square-foot site, which the county acquired in 1995, was fire-damaged and became an unsavory hangout. The United States Environmental Protection Agency declared the 66-year-old building a “Superfund Site” because of hazardous materials.
The demolition plan, which was approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, is expected to take approximately three (3) months and includes the following:
"Inwood is a vibrant, resilient community, and its residents deserve nothing less than a safe and clean neighborhood to live, work and play. Today's announcement is a seismic move toward beautifying Long Island, and I applaud County Executive Curran for spearheading this initiative and look forward to working collaboratively with our community partners to ensure the site goes to good use," said Kaminsky.
“I am glad that demolition and remediation of this property is finally starting, and hope this serves as the beginning of our community effort to improve blighted areas and encourage economic development in this gateway to Nassau County,” said Nassau County Legislator Carrie Solages.
"Abandoned buildings like this are not only eyesores, but severely drive down property values. This is an important and long overdue step towards redevelopment and one that I’m pleased to take part in and witness. I'm pleased to join Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, and thank her for moving this project along, as well as for her continued support of the community," said Gillen.
“This property has been a nuisance to the community and to the Hempstead Town Building Department for nearly a decade and I could not be happier that it will soon end!” said Blakeman. “I am extremely grateful that County Executive Curran’s promise to move forward with the demolition on an expedited basis has come to fruition.”
“The revitalization and development of the Inwood community is part of my vision for Nassau County’s economic growth,” said Curran.