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Long Island Music Hall of Fame to put museum in Wyandanch, sources say

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, seen at his

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, seen at his Hauppauge office on Sept. 20, 2013, has long sought the Long Island Music Hall of Fame for Wyandanch Rising, the public-private redevelopment that he spearheaded while town supervisor. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame plans to set up its first permanent museum in Wyandanch as part of the Babylon Town hamlet's revitalization efforts, according to sources close to the hall and town.

The hall of fame and Suffolk County officials are to announce the development at Thursday's induction ceremony at the Paramount in Huntington, the sources said. Founded in 2004, the hall has been based in Port Jefferson but had not been able to find a permanent home for its archived collection of music memorabilia.

Jim Faith, the hall of fame's vice chairman, confirmed the group had decided on a location but declined to name it.

"We have a very exciting announcement about our new home planned for the gala," he said. A source close to the hall said plans and renderings for the new building are to be unveiled at the induction ceremony. The source noted that plans to change the name of the Wyandanch Long Island Rail Road stop to Wyandanch -- Long Island Music Hall of Fame also are underway. A sign for the new station name is expected to be unveiled Thursday.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has long sought the hall for Wyandanch Rising, the massive public-private redevelopment that he spearheaded while town supervisor. County spokeswoman Vanessa Baird-Streeter declined to comment.

Babylon Town Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez said there have been "really strong efforts from the town to bring the Long Island Music Hall of Fame to Wyandanch." He said a proposal had been made to house the hall in "Building C," which would be located near two mixed-use buildings under construction close to the LIRR station.

"Bellone has always had it in his mind to have a high-caliber organization anchoring" the building, Martinez said.

The two buildings' 177 apartments and 35,000 square feet of retail space are being constructed by Albanese Organization Inc., of Garden City. The company did not respond to requests for comment.

Tonight's ceremony will take place at 8:30 with Debbie Gibson, Clive Davis and Kurtis Blow among the inductees.

With Glenn Gamboa

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