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Letter: Save Inisfada

The ‘Save Inisfada’ group that Greater Council has been working with strongly and unanimously believe that the Inisfada sale contract closing is imminent due to recent site activity. It was verbally reported to us that the Jesuit staff at Inisfada have been notified their employment will cease effective August 1. A growing daily volume of trucks and workers (construction, demolition and moving companies) are seen entering and exiting Inisfada indicated the interior is being dismantled and vacated.

We know that we have a mountain still to climb, but the ‘save Inisfada’ planning group had a clear consensus that we can’t do nothing/ wait and see Inisfada demolished, It remains our hope that this letter will bring much more public discussion within the Village of North Hills and beyond. We had the choice to do “something” paramount to getting both more time and hopefully all parties to a discussion table, where most challenges can achieve a successful outcome. The final letter was prepared rapidly  as  time is of the essence to get the word out within all North Hills households. The people with the largest influence in what occurs at Inisfada are the Village of North Hills residents. I hope you will notice that the letter does not reference the many many surrounding matters. It does not include support or opposition on potential alternative purchasers, does not refer to the Jesuits, as we do respect their right to sell off their assets. At this juncture, it boils down to  Inisfada will either be saved or torn down by the Village of North Hill’s action to either stand up for preservation or allow the current course towards demolition to continue. Our group’s effort turn now to finalize and submit the landmark application to NYS Dept of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation in the next few days.

All this activity is generating growing media attention. As we experienced in the development at the nearby Christ Episcopal Church’s Parish House, where there is interest in finding a resolution, one can be found, but needs the parties to come together at a public table of discussion.

The http://manhassetcivic.org/our-projects includes a section on Inisfada. Additional information is also available at  www.inisfada.org including online petitions that you can sign. If you encounter any technical difficulty in signing the petition, there is also an email link to send in your support comments for the effort.

Richard Bentley