Congressman Tom Suozzi (D – Long Island, Queens) announced that the Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract for the demolition of Buildings 1 and 2 at the Northport VA Medical Center. The demolition of the two decaying buildings, which are the first structures one sees upon entering the Northport campus, will yield much-needed parking for the facility, which cares for more than 30,000 veterans a year.
“This is a huge victory for the Northport VA and our veterans and something that I have been prioritizing since I came to Congress in 2017. When you pull into the Northport VA, the first things you see are these two decaying and decrepit buildings. The buildings, which are surrounded by hazard fencing because of the risk of falling debris, will provide much- needed parking spaces for patients and staff at the VA, said Suozzi. “Additionally, these eyesores send the wrong message about how we, as a country, care for our veterans. The Northport VA has gone through several leadership changes over the past few years. I am encouraged that under the skilled leadership of Dr. Antonio Sanchez, the demolition of these buildings will signal a new beginning for the Northport VA and our veterans.”
The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded the $6.984 million demolition contract to Weber Enterprise, LLC of Latham, New York. A demolition date has yet to be set as Weber Enterprise will need to line up assurances and subcontractors to safely remove lead and asbestos that are within the nearly 100-year old buildings. Once a timeline has been set, the Army Corps of Engineers will provide an update for Congressman Suozzi.