Port Jefferson (WALK) - The Long Island Music Hall of Fame is homeless again.
Two years after announcing a deal to move into a historic building in downtown Port Jefferson, the deal is off. The 19th century First National Bank building on Main Street (pictured at left) turned out to be too expensive for the nonprofit to renovate.
The building is owned by the town of Brookhaven, which had agreed to lease the building to the LI Music Hall of Fame for 15 years for a token one-time rent payment of $10. Instead, the town now intends to sell the building to a developer who reportedly plans to build shops on the first floor and apartments on the second floor.
This now leaves the LI Music Hall of Fame, which has been inducting members since 2006, without a brick-and-mortar museum, which it has been seeking since its creation. It's members include local music legends like Billy Joel, Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper and Mariah Carey.
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