The process of determining future plans for the former Seaford Avenue School property is now well underway in the marketing stages with many developers expressing interest.
The former elementary school is being marketed for sale by Woodbury-based Greiner-Maltz, which was this past June by the Seaford Board of Education as the commercial real estate firm best suited to help determine the property's future. 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 last year.
John Pujia, Senior Director at Greiner-Maltz, said the firm has communicated to more than 12,000 commercial real estate contacts throughout the country about the availability of the 5.6 acre property located on 2165 Seaford Ave. Pujia said developers have expressed an interest for various uses of the property including multi-family housing, assisted living and sports.
"We've had a lot of interest," Pujia said. "Our marketing has been very extensive."
Greiner-Maltz has experience working with other school districts including developing a luxury condo development at a former elementary school in Lawrence as well as an assisted living proposal currently being worked on for property owned by the Syosset-Woodbury School District. Pujia has previously estimated that around $5 million could be reaped for the Seaford School District if it decides to maintain one or two of the existing youth baseball fields on the property.
"We don't have any definite prospects about the building yet but the marketing of the building is definitely taking place," said Seaford Superintendent of School Brian Conboy during his administrative report at the Dec. 1 Board of Education meeting.
Late last year, the Seaford School District issued a community input that 643 district residents responded to on what to do with the former elementary school. The survey showed strong opposition to many options for the property, but did indicate support for maintaining the three youth baseball fields on the land. Any proposal for the property would need to be approved by the community in a referendum vote.
Pujia said there is no timetable for how long the marketing stages for the Seaford Avenue School property will last and when a recommendation will be made.