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Charles Lindbergh monument pushed for landmark
Hempstead Town’s landmarks and preservation commission has recommended that the town grant local landmark status to an East Garden City monument dedicated to Charles Lindbergh.
The stone monument is located next to the Source mall, on the site of the runway where the Spirit of St. Louis left for Paris in 1927.
The landmarks commission’s recommendation was sent to the town board, which can render final approval. The town board would have to first schedule a hearing on the subject — a step it could take as soon as Oct. 3, town officials said.
The monument is on the property of the financially troubled Source mall, and historical preservationists have called for local and federal authorities to ensure that the monument survives despite the mall’s uncertain future.
“I hope to work with the town preservation commission not only on town landmark status but to get the federal recognition that this monument and site deserve,” said Hofstra University student Adam Sackowitz, who has campaigned to save the monument.
The landmarks commission made its recommendation pending a decision about the size and shape of the buffer around the monument. That decision will be made at a later date, town officials said.
Local landmark status would give the monument special protections designed to save the monument from future alteration, officials said.