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Building at Center of Dispute Comes Down

Business, once a hotel, is gone, making way for bank.

The much-disputed Advantage Title building is gone, surrounded by rubble and occupied, for the moment, only by workers and equipment clearing the lot.

Where once a grand hotel, a department store and later a business office stood, the site was the focus of opposition to its owner's decision to sell the property to make way for a new TD Bank.

Neighbors objected to traffic a bank could bring, and preservations cited the history of well-known and distinctive building that marked the gateway to Huntingon Village.

After several months of quiet, scaffolding went up around the building, on the northeast corner of New York Avenue and Fairview Street, in late September.

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In October, Joseph Willen, whose Advantage Group operated in the building, told Patch his company had moved to Melville. "I am certain TD will be a wonderful addition to Huntington and will prove to be a win-win for both the residential and business communities. I am also looking forward to continuing to grow the Advantage Group in Huntington Township as we celebrate our 25 year anniversary in December," Willen said.

Jim December 11, 2012 at 10:16 PM
VillageJenny - I was thinking. Is the one stop not across the street? But that's right across the street and is not a "historic" building. So there is NO need to keep every single old (which not everyone deems "historic) building standing. That's no way to progress. You can't always live in the past.
Jim December 11, 2012 at 10:22 PM
VillageJenny - why, because I don't agree this building should be left standing? Progess needs to be made and you don't move forward by leaving things as they are just because of history. It's a building. Who of historic significance lived, worked, was born, died, etc. there? Progress cannot be made from the status quo. By keeping that building there "just because" didn't make sense. You can make all the restorations you want, but there are things that can't be seen that can come back to cause problems later. Which means more money to fix. But it's so easy for you to say to the owner "renovate and keep the building there" because it's not your money going to renovate. And then fix more problems down the road when they come up. It's always easier to dictate to someone HOW they should do something when it's not your money being spent.
VillageJenny December 11, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Jim, I knew it was a grammar issus. I have NYS certification as an English teacher. Just didn't want to confuse you even more than you are. Enough of the name-calling, please!
Janet December 11, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Progress can be made and retain the charm of our Historic Town. Get the key word there HISTORIC. That is why people come to Huntington...for it's charm and character and history. I would be less upset with TD (Tear Down) bank if they presented a building that maintained the architectural integrity of our town. Please let's stop the name calling it's not necessary.
Adrienne Doherty March 22, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Well said Richard.

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