Island Park village hall moves to former Bank of America building

When the Village of Island Park’s government headquarters was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, village officials began the long process of strategizing how to rebuild.

Originally, the plan was to rehabilitate the original building, but facing various obstacles, including rising prices of redesign costs, village officials eventually halted construction and began to consider other options.

While prospects for a new facility seemed dim, around the same time, Bank of America announced the closing of its Island Park branch. The bank and the municipality began discussions about relocating the village government to the vacant building.

“Seeing the space Island Park village officials operated out of, and being that we no longer needed the building, it made perfect sense to donate it at the end of the day,” said Bob Isaksen, Long Island Market President, Bank of America.

The transfer became official with a passing-of-the-key ceremony. Since the relocation, the lot where the village hall stood before has been converted into a small park, adding to Island Park’s green space. Additionally, the building donation will save the village between $65,000 and $85,000 annually in debt servicing costs.

“Efforts by Bank of America represented a shot in the arm at a time when the village needed it the most. Bank of America has done so much work helping to support the renaissance of the area through their commitment to social causes, education and charitable work,” said Mayor of Island Park Michael McGinty.

7/25/18


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