The intersection of Albany Avenue and Great Neck Road in North Amityville -- long known simply as "the corner" -- is infamous for its open-air drug trade. In February 2013, Babylon Town officials were considering proposals to build a nonprofit food market, affordable housing or an urgent care medical center at the intersection, which has struggled to support legitimate commerce.
"The Corner" of Albany Avenue and Great Neck Road in North Amityville is shown as it appeared in 1986. (March 6, 1986) (Credit: Newsday / Dick Yarwood)
Police arrive on the scene at
Police arrive on the scene at "The Corner," Albany Avenue and Great Neck Road in North Amityville. (June 1, 1986) (Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis)
"The Corner" of Albany Avenue and Great Neck Road in North Amityville is pictured in this 1986 photo. Officials say they will use resident input in developing the infamous intersection. (Dec. 1, 1986) (Credit: Newsday / Dave Pokress)

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A 1987 aerial photo of
A 1987 aerial photo of "The Corner" of Albany Avenue and Great Neck Road in North Amityville, where officials envision a new grocery or restaurants when it is redeveloped. (May 29, 1987) (Credit: Newsday / Bob Luckey)
Residents watch the demolition of the buildings on
Residents watch the demolition of the buildings on "The Corner." Developers have plans for affordable housing units at the intersection. (Jan. 9, 1989) (Credit: Newsday / Jim Peppler)
Rosemarie Dearing, executive director of NACEC (North Amityville
Rosemarie Dearing, executive director of NACEC (North Amityville Community Economic Council), stands at "The Corner" of Albany Avenue and Great Neck Road. The corner was being renovated with new businesses like the Tutor-Time Child Learning Center in the background. (Credit: Jim Peppler)
A new business incubator was planned in 2005
A new business incubator was planned in 2005 for the North Amityville Community Economic Council at the corner of Great Neck Road and Albany Avenue in North Amityville. (Oct. 27, 2005) (Credit: Newsday / Kathy Kmonicek)
Rosemarie Dearing, executive director of the North Amityville
Rosemarie Dearing, executive director of the North Amityville Community Economic Council, displays an architectural drawing of the proposed building. (Oct. 27, 2005) (Credit: Newsday / Kathy Kmonicek)

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Architectural drawing of the front of the building
Architectural drawing of the front of the building where the new business incubator will housed for the North Amityville Community Economic Council at the corner of Great Neck Road and Albany Avenue in North Amityville. (Oct. 27, 2005) (Credit: Handout)
The corner of Albany Avenue and Great Neck
The corner of Albany Avenue and Great Neck Road in North Amityville, seen in 2005, is now being eyed for redevelopment. (Nov. 5, 2005) (Credit: Bridget O'Brien)
A building that once housed a Rite-Aid at
A building that once housed a Rite-Aid at the intersection of Albany Avenue and Great Neck Road in North Amityville is now vacant. (Dec. 18, 2010) (Credit: Newsday / Ed Betz)
At the southwest corner, the Rite-Aid pharmacy that
At the southwest corner, the Rite-Aid pharmacy that did double duty as a supermarket in the underserved community was boarded up in 2010. (Dec. 18, 2010) (Credit: Newsday / Ed Betz)
Redevelopment is planned for the intersection of Great
Redevelopment is planned for the intersection of Great Neck Road and Albany Avenue in North Amityville. (Feb. 21, 2013) (Credit: Johnny Milano)

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Babylon Town officials are considering proposals to build
Babylon Town officials are considering proposals to build at a North Amityville intersection, shown on Feb. 21, 2013, infamous for its open-air drug trade. (Credit: Johnny Milano)
Three developers who presented plans for 2.7 acres
Three developers who presented plans for 2.7 acres of town-owned land at the intersection at a town board meeting Tuesday said they envisioned some sort of "food destination" there, either a grocery store or restaurants, among other proposals. (Feb. 21, 2013) (Credit: Johnny Milano)