Suffolk County Legislator John M. Kennedy Jr. told Patch that plans are in place to raze the abandoned building once occupied by the Bavarian Inn by the third week in September.
Residents who witnessed heavy equipment moving around the barren site yesterday were curious if the demolition might not be more immediate. In a message to Patch. Leg. Kennedy Jr. said yesterday’s activity was more of a preparation visit.
“It’s just prep work,” Kennedy wrote. “Taking down the overgrowth. Investigatory work done inside.”
In the same message, however, Kennedy stated that the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has already submitted its permit application to level the building. The September timeline is based off of that information.
Suffolk County took possession of the Bavarian Inn land this year after the owners fell $300,000 behind on taxes. Since the popular German restaurant shuttered six years ago, the building has fallen into disrepair, flooding multiple times and becoming a hangout, residents claim, for drug users and graffiti artists. Local plant life has grown up as high as the roof line.
Earlier projections had the building slated for demolition by Labor Day Weekend, but that no longer appears to be the case. Once the building is bulldozed, the next step will be deciding what to do with the property, after Leg. Kennedy removed his proposal before the legislature to have it restored to a public park. Certain camps within the Suffolk County government would like to see the land auctioned off to a private developer. Patch will have more on this developing issue to come.