The Seaford Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for this Thursday evening to discuss the proposed sale of the Seaford Avenue School property.
The meeting, which was not on the original school board calendar, comes on the heels of an informational meeting held last Thursday where dozens of district residents voiced concerns about the proposed 112-unit condominium proposal for the former Seaford Avenue School property. The $5.1 million 55 and older “Seasons at Seaford” development at the 5.66 acre site on 2165 Seaford Ave. must be approved by Seaford voters in a referendum vote, which is scheduled for Oct. 16. Some residents who spoke at the informational meeting urged the school board to postpone the Oct. 16 referendum vote because of concerns that the contract with developer BK at Seaford, LLC (subsidiary of The Engel Burman Group) did not stipulate the age restriction of the housing.
Brian Fagan, president of the Seaford school board, said the purpose of Thursday’s meeting is for the trustees to discuss issues the public raised at the Oct. 4 forum. He said it is unknown if any action will be taken by the school board regarding the planned referendum vote that evening.
We want to get together as a board of education and just talk about the Seaford Avenue School project," Fagan said. "It is really to talk about the feedback from [the Oct. 4 informational meeting]."
Stephen Krieger, a representative for The Engel Burman Group, told a packed audience at last week’s community meeting in the Seaford High School Auditorium last Thursday that they will sign a covenant with the Town of Hempstead restricting all units in their "Seasons at Seaford" development have one or two people 55 and older living there. Krieger also said that another covenant with the town will also be signed that forbids any school-aged children from residing in the condos.
If voter approval is granted, the "Seasons at Seaford” would consist of 112 two-bedroom units that would be sold in the 350,000-$400,000 range and first offered to Seaford School District residents and their parents. The facility would also include a central clubhouse with a fitness center and outdoor pool. The Engel Burman Group has recently built two similar “golden age” residential communities in East Meadow.
The 1939-built Seaford Avenue School closed in 1981 and was leased to Five Towns College from 1982-1992 and Nassau BOCES from 1992-2010. District officials said the sale of the property to BK at Seaford is approved, an estimated $100,000 in annual maintenance costs would be saved.
Thursday’s special Seaford school board meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. in the Seaford Manor School All Purpose Room.