The demolition of the long-closed and graffiti-filled Bavarian Inn Restaurant at the edge of Lake Ronkonkoma has been delayed, but will occur before the end of September, Suffolk County officials said Wednesday.
The former restaurant, shuttered more than six years ago, had been slated to be razed by Labor Day weekend, but public works officials say work has been postponed because the county was required to obtain unexpected permits and gain authorization of several agencies, including the county legislature, before moving ahead with the demolition.
Legis. John Kennedy (R-Nesconset), raising the issue at a Ways and Means committee meeting, said 40 to 50 residents spoke to him at a local fair over the weekend, asking about the impending elimination of the eyesore, which has been repeatedly vandalized and the site of illicit activities. “People in the community want a countdown clock of when it’s coming down,” Kennedy said.
Philiop Berdolt, deputy public works commissioner, said the demolition was slowed because the county needed approval from the Council on Environmental Quality, which has been obtained, but its recommendation must still be approved by the county legislature. Tom Vaughan, a Bellone aide, said yesterday that the administration will issue a certificate of necessity at the Sept. 12 meeting to deal with the resolution on an emergency basis.
Berdolt said the county also needed a demolition permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation because the former restaurant is on the lake’s edge. He also said the department found asbestos in the kitchen and some of the walls that must be removed before demolition can go forward.
“Is it safe to say that it’s coming down before the end of the month?” Kennedy asked.
Berdolt responded, “As long as all the permits are in place, absolutely.”