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Seaford School District Gearing Up for Referendum Vote

Proposed $5 million sale of former Seaford Avenue School property to be decided on Dec. 12.

- The following was submitted by the Seaford School District

After securing an amended contract in accordance with the community’s wishes, the Seaford School District is calling all registered voters to the polls on Dec. 12 to approve a $5 million deal that would sell the former Seaford Avenue School property to a longtime developer who plans to build condominiums on the 5.66 acre site. 

BK at Seaford, LLC, a subsidiary of the Engel Burman Group of Garden-City, hopes to build the Seasons at Seaford condominium community, consisting of about 112 two-bedroom units, a clubhouse, an in-ground pool, private parking, landscaping and other amenities. Selling prices will be between $350,000 and $400,000 per unit.

As per the new contract, at least one person in each unit must be 55 years of age or older and have no school-age children. In addition, no rentals are allowed; the units will only be for sale. The school district sought these stipulations in response to concerns raised at an Oct. 4 informational meeting.

“After months of preparation, reaching out to the community and working with all parties involved, we believe we are presenting to our voters a fair and sound proposal,” said Seaford Board of Education President Brian Fagan. “We hope everyone takes the time to get out to the polls to vote.”

According to district officials, if the sale is approved it would generate nearly $500,000 in additional tax revenue and would save the district an estimated $100,000 on basic maintenance costs associated with the property.

The Seaford Avenue School building was last used to educate Seaford students back in 1981 and was leased to Five Towns College until 1992 and then to Nassau BOCES until 2010. The district, being unable to secure another lessee for the building, left it vacant for the past two years which reduced the district’s revenues by about $400,000 annually.

The Board of Education hired the real estate marketing firm Greiner-Maltz to find a potential buyer and, subsequently, an offer was made by BK at Seaford, LLC and accepted by the school board. In addition to the public vote, the sale is subject to a change in zoning, which the developer would pursue through the Town of Hempstead.

Voting on the referendum will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Seaford Harbor School and Seaford Manor School. 

Lilly Hayden December 04, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Very well stated Buster. I have yet to hear what will be done with the increase of sewage in the area as well.
Patrick December 05, 2012 at 01:03 AM
To all, Lorraine says, from this string ":I dont play character assassination cards" Her quote, from another "HOWEVER patrick your persistence in attacking me personaly is bordering on Harrasment and stalking your obsession is over the top and quite frankly i am afraid that you will resort to violence which i am posting here for future reference as I am afraid you might take you attacks on me to another level" Lorraine, you don't attempt to try assassinate character? explain this statement to everyone, if you can. Your words, cut and pasted from another string, True or not. Did you make this post? Y or N Easy question Y or N?
Unjust December 05, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Hi VL.... Thank you very much for your in-depth reply. I appreciate the info and the time you took to post it. I know change is good...and the Land & Ave school will change...in time. That said....**this sale** still doesn't sit well with me. It would be MUCH better if SFH were an option. I do NOT have a good feeling about EB or 100 plus condos in Our backyards. Thank you again VL for your time.
VL December 05, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Unjust, It was my pleasure to do so. Good night! :)
Chris Wendt December 05, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Patrick and Lorraine please stop with the personal issues. This thread must not devolve into a personal spat. Especially not a spat over past behavior and other distantly removed topics. Let's keep this relevant, on-point and on topic, please. You folks have a very important vote one week from today. You should all concentrate on that and the real issues concerning it. You have a great Q&A or FAQ posted above this thread, which is what should be driving the conversation here, now. You can also look at the condition of the old school and read the contract, the traffic study, view the district's powerpoint, the developer's powerpoint and other documents on your school district website at http://www.seaford.k12.ny.us//site/Default.aspx?PageID=256 Your taxes pay for this website, you should check it out, especially now. If there are unanswered questions, there is a school board meeting tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Manor School where you can go and get real answers for yourself, from the only people who can provide real answers, the Board of Education, those people you elected to represent you in these matters.

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