March 29, 2012 12:00 AM
A town is allowing hundreds of condos to be built in exchange for the preservation of one of the island’s original mansions, but some say it’s not a good trade.
The Bourne Estate in Oakdale has plenty of history. The owner of the Singer Sewing machine company built the palatial waterfront home and entertained presidents there.
Frederick Bourne’s 1897 mansion was the size of a football field, but now, it’s in desperate need of a repair, CBS 2′s Carolyn Gusoff reported.
“It would have been such a shame if these beautiful old buildings were demolished because they’re already beginning to fall into serious disrepair,” said Trish Bergin Weichbrodt, Deputy Supervisor of the Town of Islip.
Bergin said a whopping $40 million is needed to keep the mansion and historic boathouse from falling apart, but because of an unusual compromise, they will be repaired and preserved forever.
The Town of Islip town has OK’d zoning to allow 384 condo units on part of the property "
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