TASK FORCE TARGETS LAGRANGE INN
JOSEPH DE CARLO APPOINTED CHAIRPERSON 5/27/08
A special Task Force has been formed to research, develop and recommend alternative plans for the future of the site where historic LaGrange Inn is currently located.
The Task Force whose Chairperson is Joseph De Carlo and two Vice Chairpersons Lynn Luttenberger and Maria Figalora, will consist of seventeen members whose single task will be to recommend proposals for development of the site that will be in harmony with the needs of the West Islip community and will also be in the best interests of the current owners.
The community totally rejects the current proposal to put a Walgreen Pharmacy on the LaGrange Inn site, consequently the Task Force will only deal with the alternative proposals. In the weeks ahead the Task Force will hold weekly meetings, reach out to a host of businesses and professional leaders, discuss multiple possible uses for the property and issue a report to the people of West Islip detailing it’s findings and recommendations.
“ The future development of the LaGrange Inn is the symbol of the West Islip community and we, on the Task Force, are absolutely determined to find a use that is appropriate from a historical perspective and is in keeping with the wishes of our 30,000 West Islip residents,” said De Carlo.
“ The Task Force in addition to reaching out to a large number of individuals and groups for input on possible development welcomes all those who would like to address us on any ideas they may have for the LaGrange site,” said Luttenberger.
“ West Islip is our home and the LaGrange Inn site has always been the historical focal point that identifies our community. Our hamlet doesn’t have a central downtown like other communities but what we do have that brings us together and gives us a unifying identity is the historical LaGrange Inn, and this Task Force will develop proposals that are in the best interest of the people of West Islip,” said Figalora.