After receiving the Town of Hempstead Landmarks Preservation Commission’s support and recommendation, Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and the Hempstead Town Board today called for a public hearing to officially landmark a monument at the historic take-off site of Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 solo trans-Atlantic flight. Following the public hearing, scheduled on July 9th, the Town Board could move to vote on the designation of the site as an official town landmark.
The hearing and possible vote would culminate a concerted effort led by Murray and Goosby, who worked closely with Hofstra student and history enthusiast Adam Sackowitz to protect the future of the monument from any potential developments at the historic site, which is located within the Source Mall property in Westbury.
“We are thrilled to move one step closer to preserving this piece of our nation’s history,” Murray said. “I thank Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, the Landmarks Preservation Commission and Adam Sackowitz for working hard to get closer to our goal of designating Lindbergh’s take-off site as a landmark.”
“Charles Lindbergh’s take-off site is a historic gem,” Goosby said. “It is our duty as town officials to protect its future as a landmark.”
Landmark status would protect the monument from any developments or construction at the site. To make any alterations to a landmarked monument, property owners would be required to seek approval from the town’s Landmarks Commission. The stone monument is located along a perimeter roadway behind the Source Mall (south of the mall on a grassy patch of land.)
“Long Island is at the center of aviation history thanks to aviation pioneers and historic achievement in the arena of flight,” Murray said. “I am confident that the Town Board will support our efforts to protect the legacy of the ‘Spirit of St. Louis’ and its Hempstead Town roots.”