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Lumberyard Owner Says No Talks Going On With MTA

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority may want to expand its stake in Huntington Station but an owner of a key piece of property says he's not negotiating. 

Christopher Van Tuyl, one of the co-owners of Nassau Suffolk Lumber Supply, said that the MTA had indicated interest in his site at 200 Broadway but "There is no negotiation; there was a phone call. They've probably called a dozen people. But I wouldn't sell; it's my most central location and they would have to pay me a ridiculous amount of money," making a sale unlikely.

The MTA said it was unable to provide information about the property when asked.

The agency has been looking for ways to expand and add a railyard along the Port Jefferson line. 

Tim ENPT January 04, 2014 at 01:04 PM
What Mr. Tuyl ,may have to be concern with if the MTA would use Eminent Domain to gain control of his property.
Concerned Long Islander January 05, 2014 at 11:01 AM
That's exactly what I was thinking, Tim. I've seen it done many times in Nassau County. Doesn't seem fair when there's an operating business--but the MTA isn't exactly a "friendly" public service, is it?

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