The Glen Cove City Council on Tuesday night approved the rental of the gym at the vacant Coles School to a private soccer training company.
Mayor Ralph Suozzi was authorized to negotiate a lease with Proper Futbol Holdings Llc for $3,750 per month for four to six months. The city would also receive 5 percent of any profits the organization garnered as a result of the lease.
“There’s a big need for indoor facilities during the winter months,” Suozzi said after the meeting. “The facility is sitting empty right now,” and the gym must be heated to avoid damage. “This will pay for the utilities and give us a small profit while we determine a long-term use” for the school, he said.
“My dream for that whole facility is to make it a community center — a senior center by day, the youth board in the afternoon and recreation in evenings and weekends,” he said. The alternative would be to a long-term rental by another organization, which he said would be difficult to find because the building is not handicapped-accessible.
The vacant school had been leased for nearly a decade, until last summer, by the Solomon Schechter middle/high school at an annual rent of $400,000.
The brick building on Cedar Swamp Road was a public elementary school from 1929 until 1992. Solomon Schechter rented the facility from the Glen Cove School District in 1998 and continued there after the district sold it to the city for $2.5 million in 2002. The Conservative Jewish school of about 260 students became dissatisfied with its lease, as well as the school’s location on the North Shore, and moved to Williston Park.