Former Dowling College Campus To Be Seized By Long Island Officials
Suffolk County officials plan to seize the campus of Dowling College in Oakdale, Long Island. The campus closed in 2016 after the school went bankrupt.
County Comptroller John Kennedy told Newsday that he wants to acquire the property from its new owners by January and put it on the market for a new buyer.
The property was bought by Delaware-based Mercury International LLC in 2017. The property has been vacant since then.
Kennedy says they have had trouble reaching Mercury International after the company failed to back pay $4 million in property taxes.
Islip Town inspectors cited the property for failing to keep up with building maintenance and the lawn. Oakdale residents organized a community watch group to keep the campus clear from vandals and trespassers.