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Rotting Real Estate

Dan Rattiner takes issue with the treatment of historic buildings in Sagaponack, following the new law that prevented developer Michael Davis from tearing down two dilapidated farmhouses in Sagaponack. Quoth Dan: 'This [law] leaves a property owner with only two choices if he happens to own a historic house, even in falling-down condition: he could choose to restore it, or he could choose to just let it rot. If left to rot, 20 years from now, a village might choose to order an old building torn down because it is a safety hazard. That is a terrible way to treat our history, but there it is.' And the man has a point. [Dan's Papers; previously]