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Town, state to demolish, remediate Lindenhurst structure

The Town of Babylon has entered into an agreement with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to remedy an eyesore in Lindenhurst.

The town plans to demolish the dilapidated structure at 269 E. Montauk Hwy. and the DEC will remediate the property for any environmental hazards. The site, located between Deauville Parkway and Venetian Boulevard, formerly housed a service station that was abandoned in 1995. A few years later, a trailer sat on the site that housed a real estate company. Nearby residents complained about the building and trailer, calling both structures eyesores.

According to a report from the DEC, "weathered gasoline compounds" from the service station are the agency's main concerns about the site. Although there may be groundwater contamination, the report notes that the area is served by a public water supply and would not be affected.

In 2007 the site was accepted into the DEC's Brownfield Cleanup Program. But DEC officials said there has been little progress on the remediation. In October, the town demanded that the trailer be removed from the property, which officials said had to be done before demolition of the building or cleanup of the site.

With the trailer now gone, town spokesman Kevin Bonner said officials have ordered that utilities be shut off and an asbestos report issued. The town will then schedule demolition, Bonner said, likely within the next few weeks. Following that, the DEC is expected to present a plan for site remediation.

Mario Braga, 70, board president for the nearby Narragansett Villas Condominium Association, said he's "elated" that there will soon be an empty lot across the street from his home.

"I'm very happy that the town decided to take some action on it," he said. "Even if it's just grass growing there, it'll be nicer than what we had."

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