By David Greaves

In 2008, the Uniondale Neighborhood Center (UNC) and the Uniondale community received a letter of intent from NHCC, in which the organization promised to require a developer to set aside $2,000,000 for the construction of a new community center. As part of this vision, NHCC also considered refurbishing the old barn at the A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility to serve as the new community center and requiring adjacent property to be set aside as ball fields for the community to access.

To consider the feasibility of this idea, officials from NHCC conducted a tour of the barn and “poor house” at A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility, which was attended by UNC president David Greaves, Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams, and other members of the community. During the tour, Executive Director Larry Slatky led the group through the historic buildings and discussed their potential as a community center.

The tour was a valuable opportunity for the community to learn about the history of the barn and poor house, and to see firsthand the potential for the buildings to serve as a community center. The community was grateful for the chance to participate in this discussion and looks forward to further progress on this project.

“John J Byrne Community Center in Uniondale, New York, provides recreational, after-school, and community development programs in one physical infrastructure to help promote youth and community well-being.”

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