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Developers' plans for shuttered Lindenhurst elementary school to be presented Tuesday

The Edward W. Bower Elementary School on Montauk

The Edward W. Bower Elementary School on Montauk Highway was closed in June 2011. Credit: Steve Pfost

Three developers on Tuesday will present their vision for a shuttered Lindenhurst elementary school the district is trying to sell.

Each developer has a different plan for the Edward W. Bower school on Montauk Highway, although all plans call for the demolition of the existing building. The school was closed in 2011 because of its age and declining enrollment. Since then it has been rented to several groups, but still costs the district more than $100,000 a year to maintain. For this reason, some residents have pushed the board to sell the property as soon as possible.

The district first hired an Islip real estate agent in 2013 but all potential buyers pulled out. Last fall the board hired Plainview real estate agents Greiner-Maltz to re-market the property. In April, John Pujia, senior director for Greiner-Maltz, said the company solicited 10,000 possible candidates and had received four offers. Two of those offers dropped out, board members said, and another offer came forward.

The Engel Burman Group of Garden City is proposing building 99 units of senior housing for those age 55 and older. They are offering $5.5 million, but the price could be increased or reduced by $55,556 per unit depending on the number of units approved by the village. The minimum purchase price is $4.75 million.

Mill Creek Residential, based in Dallas, Texas, is proposing building a minimum of 150 multifamily rental units. It is offering $6 million, but the price could increase by $40,000 per unit depending on the number of units approved by the village.

Blumenfeld Development Group of Syosset is proposing building a full service child care/day care facility to serve preschool and kindergarten children, as well as tutoring services and/or before and after-school care. It is offering $6 million.

Any sale of the property requires voter approval.

The presentations will take place at the board of education's end-of-year meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the McKenna Administration Building, 350 Daniel St.


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