Village to determine fate of historic Baxter House after fire
The Village of Baxter Estates in Port Washington will soon determine the fate of the historic Baxter House, which was damaged in a fire in the early morning hours of Feb. 5.
Historian Nancy Solomon believes the homeowner allowed the home to fall into decay. Solomon also claims village officials let that happen by not enforcing preservation laws. The home is a designated historical site and dates back to the 1600s.
"The village has not taken the proper steps to force the owner to help preserve this historic landmark, so now it is time for the village to take action despite the fire, despite a major snowstorm," she told News 12 Long Island. "This house is still salvageable."
Michael Scotto, who formed a group to save the home, says it had been cared for and lived in for 300 years. He claims things went downhill in 2013 when the house was purchased by Sabrina Wu, of Flushing, who had requested a permit to demolish it.
"The owner has been letting it decay for several years and that has led to this fire," says Scotto.
The village told News 12 it has done everything in its power to protect the landmarked home. The owner of the home did not want to comment.
A meeting is scheduled for March 1 at the Port Washington Public Library to determine what should happen to the home.