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Aug 8, 2017 5:43 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Norsic Is Buyer Of Former Long Island Auto Museum, Plans To Use $5 Million Property For Storage

Aug 8, 2017 5:48 PM

As a kid, Skip Norsic, the third-generation owner of Emil Norsic & Son Inc. in Southampton, spent a lot of time at the Long Island Auto Museum. It was right next door to his family’s business, and was even a customer of the sanitation company.

Mr. Norsic said he would walk through the woods to get to the museum, and there was a track that the owner of the museum, Henry Austin Clark Jr., better known as “Austie,” would run the cars on. One of Mr. Norsic’s favorite memories of the museum was being able to ride on the antique fire trucks around the track: Mr. Clark would allow a young Mr. Norsic to climb onto the truck, sit in the front seat and ring the bell as it went around.

The museum was always a part of Mr. Norsic’s life—so much that he created the L.I. Automobile Collectors LLC. And on June 29, the LLC purchased the 7.5-acre property where the Long Island Auto Museum once operated, paying $5.1 million.

But Mr. Norsic has no plans to create another museum: He said the purchase was strictly to allow his business to expand its footprint to reflect the company’s growth over the past 50 years. In that time, he said, the company has picked up more and more customers. Along with that, comes the need for more garbage trucks and the need for more space to store them, along with portable toilets and other elements of the trade.

“Just to be able to service our customers, we had to get storage,” Mr. Norsic said. “We’re kind of cramped.”

He said discussions to purchase the property, which was owned by the Clark Family Limited Partnership and located at 315 County Road 39, actually began as long as 15 to 25 years ago. The Norsics were interested in buying, but at that time the Clark family was not ready to sell. Mr. Norsic said things changed about a year ago, though he would not go into specifics, and the talks started up again.

Now that the property is his, Mr. Norsic said he plans to take the proper steps with the Town of Southampton to begin operating from there. “We plan to start utilizing the property as soon as we can,” he said, noting that using the property for storage will fit in with the nature of the other businesses in the area.

In fact, for the past 30 years, Mr. Norsic’s newly acquired piece of property has been used by the Clark family for storage, a place where steam rollers and barn wood have been kept.

“If you have a map to look at, all around us is highway business, so it’s not something out of the ordinary,” Mr. Norsic said. “It’s a perfect fit for us.”

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It does make perfect sense for the County Road 39 corridor. Some privet hedges surrounding garbage.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Aug 9, 17 8:32 AM
That's pretty funny.
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Aug 9, 17 9:01 AM
Hooray for Skip!!!
By Gene10x (27), Southampton on Aug 9, 17 10:52 PM
May i open Norsic BBQ & Grille so people can get a decent family meal together and enjoy those wonderful old Q huts ??
By dave h (193), calverton on Aug 10, 17 1:32 PM