The future of the former Seaford Avenue School property will be in the hands of the voters in mid October.
The Seaford Board of Education voted at its Thursday night meeting to hold a referendum vote on Oct. 16 where residents will decide whether to approve a at the 5.6-acre property on 2165 Seaford Ave. If approved, the project would net the Seaford School District around $5.2 milion and enable the developer, BK at Seaford, LLC, to construct 113 condos that would be sold in the range of $350,000 to $400,000 each. If voters give the geen light for the project, BK at Seaford, LLC, a subsidiary of The Engel Burman Group in Garden City, would then need to obtain necessary zoning approvals from the Town of Hempstead before breaking ground.
Seaford Board of Education President Brian Fagan estimates that if the sale of the Seaford Avenue School property is approved it will save the district around $100,000 in annual maintenance costs in addition to creating an additional tax revenue source. After closing in 1981, the 1939-built Seaford Avenue School building served as the home of Five Towns College and most recently Nassau BOCES until its lease expired in 2010.
"It's very important that the community understand the benefits of this sale," Fagan said. "This is planning for the future."
In addition to voters deciding whether to approve the sale of the Seaford Avenue School property for a condo development, another referendum is also planned for the Oct. 16 ballot addressing a long-stalled new access road project for the . The estimated $596,719 project, which would be paid for by leftover funds from a capital improvements proposition approved in December 2007, failed by 238 votes in a May 2010 referendum vote. The Seaford school board is scheduled to vote at a special meeting scheduled for this Tuesday morning on a resolution to include a referendum for the access road project on the same day as the condo proposal.
A town hall meeting to provide an overview on referendums for the Seaford Avenue School property and access road project is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 4 at .