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Asbestos At Clarkstown Building Halts Historic Restoration

The Rockland Farm Alliance is attempting to return theTraphagen property to a working 18th-century farm.
The Rockland Farm Alliance is attempting to return theTraphagen property to a working 18th-century farm. Photo Credit: Rick Tannenbaum

WEST NYACK -- The discovery of disturbed asbestos in a West Nyack building has curtailed plans to return one of Rockland County's oldest homes to its place as a working 18th-century farm, according to lohud.com.

The Rockland Farm Alliance had been planning to convert the Traphagen property into a farm and education center complete with animals and a gristmill, according to lohud.com.

The alliance had signed a five-year agreement with Clarkstown in July to restore the 9-acre site off Germonds Road, which includes the Vanderbilt-Budke home, a 1730s structure believed to be the second-oldest home in the county. The asbestos find forced the county to void the agreement earlier this month, according to lohud.com.

The estimate to properly dispose of the asbestos is $50,000. John McDowell, president of the Farm Alliance, said he hoped his group could work with Clarkstown to repair the site, according to lohud.com.

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