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This KFC Flew The Coop Years Ago (Empty in Port Jefferson Station)

What would you like to see occupy this building?

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?

Chuck April 18, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Good story, but fails to really tell the truth about this building. This building/site is owned by Suffolk County. That's right the county we all pay taxes to. Believe it or not, the County paid top dollar for the property and used "Open Space Land Preservation" money to do so at the top of the real estate market. So take a guess which of our recently "retired" County Legislators pushed for this purchase?
Carole Wolf April 20, 2012 at 01:28 AM
OK; you've got me wondering---WHO ????
Chuck April 20, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Vivian Vilora-Fisher - 5th Legislative District. If there ever was a site crying out for "Imminent Domain" , then this eyesore was it, but instead we (the Taxpayers) paid thru the nose using "Open Space Funds". So not only is it an eyesore, but since the county owns it no taxes are being paid on it. I just wonder how long an eyesore like this would have lasted (without thosands of dollars in fines) if it was privately owned??
sam May 11, 2012 at 07:07 PM
i wanted to open up a food restaurant in that location for the longest time but i could never find any landlord number to call.... if anybody knows it. please email it to me at ezb1531@aol.com or call 631 838 5320 thanks.
Cad Logan April 06, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Cad Maybe they should put a hero shop or deli which would probably be nice.

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