If you recently saw men on the roof of Snouders (corner of West Main Street and South Streets in the hamlet of Oyster Bay) and wondered if this meant something was finally happening at the site; you are correct.
The former owner of Snouders, Hamid Nasif, confirmed that Snouders was sold and that the new owner took possession about four weeks ago.
Tim Lee, a contractor, who helped finish the construction at 2 Spring Street is the new owner. Nasif, the former owner came under pressure for what was perceived as neglect of the historical landmark. Originally thinking the restoration would be less expensive and simpler, Nasif soon found himself under pressure from the Town to restore the building. Facing violations and fines, Nasif opted to sell rather than reconstruct Snouders corner drug store. Nasif opened the doors to the public late last year for a tour, so the extent of reconstruction needed could be seen.
Let’s hope that Lee, who has had success with the reconstruction of 2 Spring Street, can bring Snouders back into the 21st century.