By Danny Schrafel
The mechanical claws of heavy machinery took the first swipes at tearing down the former home of the Rosewood Inn on Route 110 Monday morning.
Once it and a neighboring building are leveled, a TD Bank is to be built in their place.
The Huntington Planning Board signed off on May 28 of last year on a site plan for a 2,560 square-foot bank on Route 110, which would be built in the Rosewood Inn’s place.
The Rosewood Inn closed in November. Owners Gina Fogarty and William Rose have since opened the Wild Rose on New Highway near Republic Airport.
TD’s proposed Melville location is one of three active bank proposals in the works in the Town of Huntington. Others include a bank at 460 Pulaski Road in Greenlawn and a second at 1941 Jericho Turnpike near Elwood Road, where a shopping center will be demolished to make way for the new bank. A Huntington village location opened in August 2013.
TD spokesperson Lisa Sawicki said they do not yet have groundbreaking or store-opening dates set for the Melville location.
“However, we look forward to providing more information in the future, and to providing residents with a truly unique and convenient place to bank,” she said in a statement Monday.