The Crossroads of the Aether
Fantastic news - Wardenclyff has been acquired (per the New York Times), and is slated to become a science museum! An excellent destiny for the iconic laboratories for a Steampunk icon, and there is further information regarding a move dedicated to the life of Mr. Tesla, along with a dedicated community as well. I don't often link to the Steampunk Tribune, but for news this momentous, I'd say it would be quite reasonable. For more details, the Kickstater video, and a plethora of links, please head towards: http://www.steampunktribune.com/2012/10/the-teslas-wardenclyff-has-...
I'm curious to see their charter. Getting tax-free status is a start, but continued funding for rebuilding and maintenance, is going to be tricky in this time of global recession. The spider web of federal funding, will find the museum enmeshed in not only a lot of typical red tape and bureaucracy, but also the stealth agenda of special-interest groups that have highly different goals than a simple technology museum. Once you get addicted to federal funding, you are involved in some interesting social engineering agendas that might surprise you. If they can keep it fully fan-funded, they might maintain their original intent. Once they “take the king’s shilling”, so to speak, they are owned.
Property values on Long Island can be pretty high. Home values in Shoreham are nearly three times the national average and in my opinion they are dinky little homes that you are buying for a quarter mill. The $1.6 mil asking price for the Wardenclyff property seems pretty high but, given the inflated prices of the neighborhood, it seems reasonable for the market.
All I can say is finally!
I would so love to see this really happen