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Putting On a Show to Save a Building

Plan to replace Fairview Street building with bank brings out its foes.

Huntington residents showed up, some in period clothing, to make a statement about tearing down what used to be the at a Town Hall meeting Tuesday night.

The residents oppose tearing down what they said was a historic building for a new  three-lane drivethrough TD Bank.  The bank also was represented, with a lawyer, a preservation consultant and the current owner of the building. Speakers told the Town Board their views during the public comment period.

Elizabeth Michael February 02, 2011 at 06:51 AM
The last thing Huntington Village needs is a bank, especially on that corner. It is extremely dangerous. Where is the Huntington Historical Society on this one?
Melissa O'Connor-Arena February 02, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Awesome guys! Lets keep our fingers crossed :)
Marita Eybergen February 02, 2011 at 04:24 PM
The way the building stands today, it is a very ugly white building and has no character what so ever. If they cannot make the building looked the way it did back in the days, I say then it is time to get rid of it. Besides does anyone know how much it would cost to refurbish this building and where the money would come from to do this? The owner obviously tried to make this work and had no success. I am pretty sure that TD bank is offering him a great deal of money that he cannot say no to. I am not one of those people who feel "out the old and in with the new" but let's face it that building does not do anything for the village as the way it is standing today. When you enter that part of town, you do not even notice this building because it is white and plain. I am sure that TD Bank's design will make the bank fit into the village's architectural ambiance . As far as the traffic is concerned, I am sure they are working with the town on this matter. Besides, how busy is any bank, it's not like as if it were a shopping mall. Maybe the Historical Association and TD Bank should come up with a design that would work for the village. Also while they are at it, why don't they do something with Appliance World. The side of the the building that is exposed to the Abboft building can really use a face lift. That also looks so ugly when your leaving the village has anyone noticed this? Again, I would love to see this building brought back to the way it was, if they can.
ara February 02, 2011 at 04:31 PM
The building might not be Historic but it's beautiful, and anything can be restored.
Mike Field of Huntington Station February 02, 2011 at 10:05 PM
What happened to Jennifer. She has not commented. Did she get banned?
J. Christopher February 02, 2011 at 10:10 PM
Yes she did. She told me that she wrote "love notes" on the front newsfeed and they booted her off for spamming. Kinda ironic they can use her face but not allow her to respond to the article. She should get paid for some of the stuff she is able to pull off and others won't even attempt.
Mike Field of Huntington Station February 02, 2011 at 10:12 PM
Genius creative energy! She should have her own column on the Patch.
Julie February 02, 2011 at 11:45 PM
I share Ms. LaVertu's hope that the Aboff Building is saved, and applaud her creativity and efforts (as well as all the other residents of Huntington that are working hard to make that happen), but didn't the Flapper era end in 1929 with the stock market crash?
Lorraine Kelley February 05, 2011 at 04:40 AM
N0 - TD Bank has no intention of "making the bank fit into the village's architectural ambiance." It's going to be a regular TD Bank and will not fit in at all with the existing street scape. I have seen the drawings. TD Bank has no interest in working with the historical society to come up with a compromise. "How busy is any bank?" Well...if we don't have to worry about its being busy then why the need for THREE drive-thru windows? Does any other bank in town have three drive-thru windows that exit over a sidewalk used constantly by people walking to the village?
Sherilee Sutherland February 05, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Why so many banks in a village area. Put in a ATM that is Connected to TD Bank and put the Branch out side of the Village.

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