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New Referendum Date Set for Seaford Avenue School Sale

Seaford school board approves amended contract with developer for 55 and older condo development.

The Seaford Board of Education approved an amended contract at its Thursday night meeting with a developer proposing 55 and older condominium units at a former elementary school property that will now be decided in a Dec. 12 referendum vote.

The revised contract with BK at Seaford, LLC for its condo proposal at the Seaford Avenue School property now stipulates that all units contain at least one person age 55 and older, restricts school-aged children from living there forbids any rentals.

BK at Seaford, a subsidiary of The Engel Burman Group in Garden City, requested that the contract be adjusted for its planned 100-113 condo units on the 5.66 acre property to address community concerns raised at an informational meeting on Oct. 4 about assurances that the complex will be for 55 and older residents.

As a result of the contract being amended, the school board postponed its previously scheduled Oct. 16 referendum vote and on Thursday night set a new date of Dec. 12 to decide the proposed $5.2 million sale of the district-owned land. 

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Chris Venator, attorney for the Seaford school board, said the amended contract also includes a restricted covenant that requires all future usage of the Seaford Avenue School property be 55 and older condominium units regardless of who owns the land in the future. 

If voter approval is granted on Dec. 12, the "Seasons at Seaford” development would consist of 100 to 113 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.

Judith Conlon November 04, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Hey "Reality check"- This property isn't zoned for condos! And for good reason! I don't know anyone who objects to new "neighbors" within the existing "residential" zoning. "Many" families live in this neighborhood, and their needs will prevail at the zoning hearings, a process that can take years..According to the contract, the developer can wait out the approvals for 2.5 years without remitting payment to the district (Boo Who?) a "reality check" for "BS" artists such as yourself.
Lorraine DeVita November 24, 2012 at 02:03 PM
While Sandy has been a Major issue in Seaford from which many are still affected , we have another MAJOR ISSUE looming before us - The sale of the Seaford Ave. School slated for a referendum vote in a few days. I Hope MANY realize that the SALE of this school is something we need to take very seriously. In light of what happened with the storm are we truly ready to sell a buidling that could have been utilized as a relief center, a viable alternative school option etc. Yes it is an expensive propostion to restore but no more so then the field of dreams investment. Are we going to sell an asset to a developer just to get rid of it for a lousy 5 mil in 2 years and 500k per year in tax revenue or are we as a community going to look long term and possibly realize that somewhere down the road we may need this building in the future and be proactive in looking at ways to refurbish it . I for one would rather see a combination of options a compormise so to speak.. Sell PART of the property to a single family home developer and utilize those funds to revitalize and refurbish the school for future use. Please vote NO to allow this community the time to heal from Sandy and look for more family freindly community friendly alternatives that will serve this community in the best possible way now and in the future.
Judith Conlon November 29, 2012 at 05:37 AM
@Rale- This developer insists on a "bottom line" ROI of  100 condo units on 5.66 acres. That already IS an "egregious departure from current zoning!" So why vote for it at all? Hotly contested developments in larger towns are NOT as dense as the "bottom line" proposal for this small residential neighborhood. And, how do you "enforce" a covenant that "runs with the land" when it doesn't agree with current zoning?  Sec. 4, there's your bait & switch! What will really end up being built here, if we're stupid enough to vote for this with the developer "holding title" after zoning for condos is "denied?" Why  put ourselves in that position, with no more votes to stop something else we don't want? The district admits that this sale will NOT reduce our taxes. Will they spend the proceeds wisely? If the past is any indication, don't bet on it! Mr Aldrich may be enjoying that generous salary bump prior to his recent retirement, but tell the others not to line up at the ATM just yet.. Seaford residents aren't fools. That's why we live in this desirable, kid-friendly small town, and we intend to keep it that way.
Judith Conlon November 30, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Not sure why WE would want people to purchase "condos" even if there were wealthy "seniors" looking to buy them in .. Seaford? It's zoned for residential use, not condos. That's why the developer can take 2 1/2 years to pay while waiting for a zoning change. Or.. he CAN close the sale without building condos at all, if zoning is denied. (The district misleads voters about this: the sale is NOT subject to zoning approvals, it CAN go through without them). Then, we won't have a clue (or another vote) as to what will actually wind up on this property. Maybe he can use it in a pinch to store some of those abandoned cars he collected on his lot out in Riverhead? http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/state-orders-removal-of-storm-damaged-vehicles-1.4272831
Judith Conlon November 30, 2012 at 12:48 AM
My comments below were in response to this "hit and run" poser aiming barbs at me, then mysteriously "vanishing" after my reply. Here's what they originally said: Reality check 4:30 pm on Monday, October 29, 2012 So let me get this straight - children of the school district are supposed to do without sports, regents review, summer reading and god knows what else just to appease a few people who don't want neighbors behind them like the rest of us have. Boo hoo. The needs of the many supercede the bull...... Of the few.

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