Community looks to stop East Hills mansion demolition

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EAST HILLS -

A community is coming together to save a historic North Shore mansion from being demolished.

Residents Steven and Wendy Shenfeld own the 2.23-acre property and are seeking to demolish the two-story mansion and develop a four-house subdivision at 2A Melby Lane.

"It would be a tremendous loss," says Jay Corn, of the Roslyn Landmark Society."

The mansion, known as the Stone House, is the last remnant of Harbor Hills, a larger estate built by Clarence Mackay. The Mackay Family were Irish immigrants who made their millions on silver deposits found during the gold rush.

Besides losing what historians call the jewel of the East Hills community, residents News 12 spoke with say the proposed plans to develop the property puts their families at risk.

They say placing a cul-de-sac on an already dangerous curve will make matters worse.

News 12 reached out to the homeowners, but has not heard back.

The next Village of East Hills Planning Board meeting is set for June 21, during which the future of the Mackay house will be discussed.

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