Many year ago there was a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at this little building on the corner of Route 112 and Hallock Avenue in Port Jefferson Station, according to at least one resident who used to work there.
“That's the KFC I worked in while in high school and college,” said Nancy Schoenstein-Widmann.
Another resident and local business owner said in an email that as long as she can remember (20 years) it's been closed down.
“It's such an eyesore,” said Schoenstein-Widmann.
Concerns about the site came up in 2010 when residents complained during a Port Jefferson Station-Terryville Civic Association meeting about homeless people living in the building.
In an article in the Port Times Record, civic vice president Laurie Green said she was worried that the old KFC could fall to a similar fate as the when it burned to the ground in a fire that police said was started by a homeless man.
“Green said you can see smoke coming from within that long-shuttered structure each winter,” the paper reported.
In the intervening years, , updating the decades old road but many of old, boarded up buildings remain unoccupied by tenants. There are no signs on the KFC property and the windows are boarded up.
Despite all of the controversy around the site, some remember better days.
"We did have a lot of good times there back the day," said Schoenstein-Widmann. “We'd share our chicken with our friends at for ice cream and the was our go to place for cigs, beer and milk, of course."
What would you like to see happen to the empty KFC building on the corner of Route 112 and Hallock Avenue in Port Jefferson Station? What kind of business should take it over? Or should it be knocked down completely?