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Nixed Long Island Music Hall of Fame site sold

Salt-N-Pepa perform after being inducted into the Long

Salt-N-Pepa perform after being inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame at the Paramount in Huntington. (Oct. 18, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

The Town of Brookhaven has sold a Port Jefferson building that had been pegged as the future home of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.

East Setauket-based Agrino Holdings LLC agreed to pay $1.5 million for the former First National Bank of Port Jefferson building, at 250 E. Main St., town spokesman Jack Krieger said yesterday. The sale was unanimously approved by the town board Tuesday.

Town and Port Jefferson Village officials said Agrino Holdings plans to build first-floor offices and second-story apartments in the structure. A phone listing for Agrino Holdings was not available yesterday.

Plans to open the music hall of fame in the building were scuttled earlier this year due to the cost of renovating the edifice. Hall of fame officials are considering several potential locations, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

A town tax receiver’s office that had occupied the building was closed about a decade ago when Brookhaven opened a new town hall in Farmingville.

Councilman Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld said the building had been vacant since then.

“Although I’m sad to see it leave its public domain, better to have it wholesomely used to provide some economic stimulus to the village than to have an empty building,” Fiore-Rosenfeld said.


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