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Empty in East Northport: Old Post Office

What would you like to see in place of the vacant property on 353-355 Larkfield Road?

Drive down Larkfield Road or Jericho Turnpike and you will notice some vacant storefronts adorned with "For Rent" signs, a possible indication of the hard times the area — and country — are facing.

Northport Patch will spotlight empty properties to foster discussion in the community on what can, should and could be done to rehab abandoned places. This week, we're highlighting the site of the old post office and an adjacent tax office that has since been torn down at near Allerton Avenue.

The town zoning board approved a conditional variance for the old post office to be demolished and rebuilt as a smaller retail space and restaurant. According to the plans, the property will be reduced from its current 16,276 square foot footprint to 8,609 feet and recessed farther back from the road with 28 parking spaces in front. One condition of the variance is that no "bars, taverns, dancehalls, or discotheques" be allowed on the property and that the impact on the surrounding neighborhood be minimized through a buffer and back-shielding of any outdoor lighting. The developer is still deliberating on the project, according to the property management firm.

The old tax office was demolished in December and office space will likely be built in its place.

Who would you like to see take over this vacant property? Tell us in the comments.

Chris January 30, 2012 at 03:41 PM
A park.
Chris January 30, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Aside from a carnival every year, I'm not sure what the Chamber of Commerce does. Get them to work with the Town and County, and develop a Master Plan for Larkfield Road from the Tracks to Cedar. Establish development guidelines and encourage more effective, more aesthetic and less redundant use of the existing available properties. Work with the property managers to clean up their properties and store fronts. Establish a more relaxed thoroughfare for people on foot. There are hotdog trucks on the LIE with better curb appeal. Work to protect and put undeveloped lots and lots that can become undeveloped to better use for the community as a whole. Even use open space funding to do it.
Michelle January 30, 2012 at 04:04 PM
How about a small roller rink for the kids to have something fun to do locally other then go to that washed up bowling alley!!!
Never Forget January 30, 2012 at 04:55 PM
it's a crying shame...This was the home of Sybari Software, Inc..which was built out of the old post office and bar to house the growth of 100 plus employees around the communmity that were dedicated to thier prodcut and thier marketplace.We built a product that is protecting millions of customers from viruses,spam and malware,now called Microsoft Forefront. Lot's of great innovation and memories came out of 355 Larkfield Rd....it will be said to see it torn down
Jason Molinet January 30, 2012 at 09:07 PM
@Rocco Did Sybari Software close down or relocate?
Karin Stucchio January 31, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Bought out by Microsoft.
Scamp January 31, 2012 at 02:14 AM
yep bought out and they went to a microsoft building near exit 57 off the LIE
Louise January 31, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I like the idea of a park but the location is very close to the road. An indoor sports facility for kids - ice skating, roller skating, skate boarding, etc. would be nice but again you have the danger of traffic and kids who don't always pay attention to their surroundings. A senior center may work. With Atria so close, it would give those folks and others in our community a place to gather, play cards, exercise, conduct book clubs, etc. A lot depends on how costly it would be to retrofit this building for any of these purposes.
The Brock February 01, 2012 at 12:25 PM
I have to agree with everything you said. Let's get Larkfield Road cleaned up. Then we need to have that overgrown delappadated house on Jericho turnpike torn next, you know the one, next to the Vet
Dawn February 01, 2012 at 02:14 PM
An indoor sports facility would be great for the kids. Even a bounce house type place. I'm bringing my kids "out east" or to Farmingdale to go to bounce places or Wood Kingdom. They need to knock down OR bring back Taco Bell as well! That building has just been sitting there. It's sad to see all these empty buildings.
Virginia Mallon February 06, 2012 at 05:09 PM
does anyone know who owns that building? Is it for rent?
JustMe February 06, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I'd like to see a coffee house like the one in the Village of Huntington.
carole February 07, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Do you mean "Classy Coffee"? If so they are no longer in business back by the post office in Huntington. There is a great coffee place in Greenlawn - Urban. Although a great suggestion it seems like a very large building for a little coffee shop :)
carole February 07, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Town of Huntington Tax Map # 0400-118.00-02.00-096.002 355 LARKFIELD RD, EAST NORTHPORT LARKFIELD EAST NORTHPORT LLC 2417 JERICHO TPKE SUITE 325 GARDEN CITY PARK NY 11040
JustMe February 07, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Carole, that's the place. It was a great place to listen to some music and play board games. How about a place like Tiffany's?

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