From SI Live:
The shuttered Swedish Home for Aged in Sunnyside is nearing the end of its life, with demolition of the former Vanderbilt mansion and residence now in full swing.
Preservationists were disappointed when the Landmarks Preservation Commission failed to consider the mansion for protective landmark status, but members of the Clove Lakes Civic Association decided to support Calcagno's plan and reject the push for landmarking.
Mary Ann McGowan, president of the civic association, said everyone is sorry to see the historic home go. But she said neighbors believe the developer's plan will keep most of the large old trees on the site and is better than the alternative -- building homes there.
"At least this way we maintain the campus and property around it," she said. "We are hoping that the promises made to us are lived up to, and if they are, I think everyone will be happy."
And what happens when he doesn't?