Real Estate

Historic Yorktown Home to be Demolished


YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Reviving one of Yorktown’s oldest homes proved to be too difficult and expensive a task for a local contractor, who proudly announced at a press conference four years ago that he would renovate the dilapidated structure.

After sinking a large amount of time and money into the project, Mark Franzoso conceded that the home was simply too far gone to be salvaged.

“At the end of the day, only 15 percent of the house could be saved to make it conforming,” Franzoso said. “I feel awful, I really do.”

Sign Up for E-News

The Adams-Bernstein house, located at 3147 Old Yorktown Road (Route 132), was built in the 1830s. About 25 years ago, the home was given to the town to preserve as a historic monument for a period of 10 years. The town still owned the property after those 10 years, but the home was neglected and it began to deteriorate.

Franzoso bought the property from Yorktown in 2013. He said his company has spent $30,000 trying to restore the home to no avail. The house simply “sat too long,” he said.

“I kind of feel I let some people down by not being able to do this,” Franzoso said.

Franzoso said he will rebuild a near-duplicate of the Adams-Bernstein house in its place. It will then be marketed as a single-family home. Unfortunately, he said there are not many pieces from the original home that can be salvaged and re-used in the new home. Most of the historic artifacts inside the home were removed before construction began, he said.

Bill Primavera, the Realtor who negotiated the deal four years ago with Franzoso, said the house was neglected too long and was beyond saving.

“I support Mark’s plan to demolish the house and to construct a home that looks similar in character to the original,” said Primavera, a member of the Yorktown Landmarks Preservation Commission. “Certainly, it rids the town of a derelict eyesore that has been a blemish on our landscape for a long time. I’m sure that Mark will design and build a structure that we can all admire, reminiscent of the one that originally stood there.”

Primavera also commended Franzoso for being able to save 75 to 80 percent of the property’s original barn, which has been renovated.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Catching up with Westchester County Executive George Latimer

George Latimer, our new county executive, has been in office now for a little over half a year. I thought it might be a good time to check in with my friend to see how things were going. You can see the interview in its entirety on Channel 74 (Optimum) at 9 p.m. Wednesday nights.

What happened last November?

The election last November brought change throughout Westchester County. In my ...

You’ll Get a Kick out of Musical Classic ‘Anything Goes’

I’ve loved Broadway musicals since I was smaller than a piano bench. That’s one reason I enjoy writing about local productions in this space. The more people who go to musicals, the happier it makes me.

I didn’t realize how old-fashioned about musicals I could be, though, until my wife Elyse and I at long last saw “Wicked.” It only took us 15 years to get there.

Loose Ends

July 20, 2018

Real life is not the movies.

Things are not wrapped up in a neat bow, motivations are not explained, and things often don’t make sense.

Two weeks ago, a man driving “triple digits” in a Dodge Charger exited the Taconic State Parkway at Underhill Avenue, blew through a stop sign, and t-boned an SUV, injuring a mother and her 19-year-old daughter. Here is ...

The Adventures of Superdog

I was always very impressed that my dog could bark on command and come when I called his name, until I read in the newspaper about a dog that saved his owner’s life by calling 9-1-1. Apparently, when his owner had a seizure, the dog pushed a speed-dial button for 9-1-1, barked into the receiver for help, and then opened the door when the responders arrived.

Honestly, though, it’s ...

If You See Something, Say Something

July 11, 2018

I am writing this letter because I see something different with the new Yorktown Town Board. I see an open government instead of a dictatorship with rubber stamps. I see the new Town Board working together for the best interests of the residents in Yorktown.

The auditor suggests in his report to not start a capital project without having the money first. A bad example is the Granite Knolls ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, July 21, 12:00 PM

Club Fit, Jefferson Valley

Yoga for Women with Cancer

Health & Wellness

Wed, July 25, 7:30 PM

Carmel Cinema 8, Carmel

Film Screening on Suicide

Health & Wellness

Three from Houlihan Lawrence Named ‘America’s Best Real Estate Agents’

July 20, 2018

John Kincart, Douglas Dill and Annette Cicinelli have been named among America’s most productive sales associates as a part of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents, the newly issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends and sponsored by Zillow Group. They are now members of the “America’s Best Real Estate Agents.”

REAL Trends America’s Best Real ...