FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 6, 2015
Demolition Set to Begin on Ye Olde Firehouse
On Wednesday, Aug. 6, the Town of Hempstead issued a permit to the Lido and Point Lookout Fire District to demolish Ye Olde Firehouse.
Beginning tomorrow, Aug. 7, the scaffolding surrounding Ye Olde Firehouse will be removed and temporary fencing will be erected around the building. Demolition of the firehouse will take place next week. The war memorial and the 1939 World’s Fair flagpole will be preserved.
On July 22, 2015 the Town of Hempstead’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 6-0 to deny the Point Lookout Lido Property Owners’ application to designate the firehouse as a landmark, as it does not meet the criteria established by the town’s Landmark Preservation Ordinance. In addition, the Division of Historic Preservation of the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation determined in an Aug. 3, 2015 decision that Ye Olde Firehouse does not retain adequate architectural integrity to qualify for listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
“Like many members of this community, I have fond memories of Ye Olde Firehouse,” said Commissioner Andrew Richter. “But as fond as those memories are, it is time for the community and the district to move forward into the future. On behalf of the all commissioners, I would like to wish the entire community an enjoyable and safe remainder of the summer. We look forward to a dialogue with the community this fall concerning our fire district facilities.”