On a night when Seaford school officials outlined during a budget hearing the challenges they were faced with in crafting , action was taken by the Board of Education that could go a long way toward shoring up the district's financial future.
The school board voted unanimously at its Thursday night meeting to approve a contract for sale to develop the former Seaford Avenue School property. The contract was awarded to BK Burman Group, who has agreed to purchase the 5.6-acre property for $5.6 million to develop multi-family housing. The Garden City-based developer's BK at Seaford LLC development would consist of 113 housing units that would be sold in the range of $350,000 to $400,000 each.
The Seaford Avenue School proposal now must be approved by voters in a referendum vote, which the school board is hoping to schedule sometime this fall. If the referendum is passed, BK Burman would then need to get necessary zoning approval from the Town of Hempstead. The proposal would not maintain the current Little League baseball fields on the site.
Seaford Board of Education President Brian Fagan estimates that the sale of the Seaford Avenue School property will save the district around $100,000 in annual maintenance costs in addition to creating an additional tax revenue source.
"This is a very important step for this district," said Fagan moments after the contract was approved. "This is a monumental achivement."
BK Burman Group, a subsidiary of Engel Burman Group, to the Seaford school board at a January 5 meeting. The former elementary school land on 2165 Seaford Ave. by Woodbury-based Greiner-Maltz.
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.