American Legion in Emerson damaged when pipes burst may get a makeover
Members of the American Legion Post 269 are working with the Bergen County Housing Authority on a plan to replace the building that housed the post in Emerson.
Last year, the building was damaged when a pipe froze and left 8 feet of water in the basement.
The new building would house three apartments for veterans along with the new American Legion post.
Members say it's a hard but necessary decision.
"It's sad because there's a lot of history in that building," says Post Commander John Hogan. "Not only the history of the nation, but history of the Legion itself. We have plaques showing all the deceased members. All the past post officers. So all of this is a memory, and we hope to try to rebuild part of that."
Members are meeting with the Housing Authority on Thursday to work on finalizing a plan.
Post 269 has been around since the 1950s.