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Legislators Announce Plans to Acquire Tesla Site

Posted August 17, 2009

Two recent press releases, one from Suffolk County Legislator Daniel Losquadro and the other from New York State Assemblyman Marc Alessi (text see below), announced plans for the acquisition of the property that contains the Nikola Tesla laboratory. According to a North Shore Sun, Friday, August 14, 2009 article, Agfa Corporation, the owner, has been in contact with several potential buyers, at least one of whom expressed an interest in preserving the Tesla lab. As the article indicates, none of the previous offers has led to a final deal, and Agfa remains a willing seller and is able to enter into further negotiations. Furthermore, one may expect the two plans to converge towards a single offer to purchase the property and thus preserve the Tesla laboratory for the public.

“Hopefully this will be the year that we preserve the property as a memorial to Tesla’s research once and for all,” said Alessi. According to Losquadro, Suffolk County will begin appraisals of the property immediately. He “is hopeful we will be able to reach an agreement quickly.”

Full text of press release from New York State Assemblyman Marc Alessi on Nikola Tesla Property:

In an important step in the fight to preserve the historic Tesla property, Assemblyman Marc Alessi, Supervisor Mark Lesko, and Senator Kenneth LaValle have begun talks with the AGFA Corporation that may result in New York State and the Town of Brookhaven acquiring the Tesla Property. In a letter to AGFA, Alessi wrote that it is his understanding that funding to purchase the site is available, and he hopes that an agreement resulting in a contract will be reached.

“As the only remaining Tesla lab in the world, this property is an important cultural and historic site. We are lucky to have this treasure right here in our community,” Alessi said. “We need to ensure that it is protected so that future generations can continue to enjoy this landmark.”

Alessi wrote that if an agreement is not reached, the Town of Brookhaven is willing to pursue acquiring the land through condemnation and public sale.

“It is my hope that AGFA will see the benefit in dedicating this property to public use,” Alessi said. “Hopefully this will be the year that we preserve the property as a memorial to Tesla’s research once and for all.”

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