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Hempstead Town to demolish damaged Island Park Village Hall

An exterior view of the old and the

An exterior view of the old and the temporary Island Park Village Town Hall in Island Park on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray said the town is to begin the demolition of the Village Hall in the superstorm Sandy-slammed Island Park community at 11 a.m. Thursday, in preparation for construction of a new building at 127 Long Beach Rd.

"Sometimes the best way to 'rebuild' is by knocking something down," Murray said in a news release.

"In this case, we are helping the Island Park neighbors by demolishing the Village Hall, which was decimated by Hurricane Sandy, clearing the way for a new municipal building."

The town action, including debris removal, is part of an inter-municipal agreement between the two governments.

In exchange, the village has authorized the town to use village parking areas for storing and staging of town equipment and vehicles in the event of emergencies, such as hurricanes and other natural disasters.

The agreement will offer cost savings to the village government and residents, both having been hit with mammoth recovery and rebuilding costs in the wake of Sandy, said the release.

"In fact, every home in the island village received water damage as a result of the 2012 superstorm. At the same time, Hempstead Town will be gaining an important strategic staging area for emergency response operations in the event of future coastal emergencies," it said.

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