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Letter: Property skips birthing generation

The vacant Seaford Avenue School on Sept. 30,

The vacant Seaford Avenue School on Sept. 30, 2012. Board members voted 6-0 Tuesday, May 20, 2014, to approve a request from BK at Seaford LLC, a subsidiary of The Engel Burman Group in Garden City, to change the zoning from residential to senior citizen housing. Credit: Steven Sunshine

In response to "Seaford: Voters give OK to sale of school" [News, Dec. 14], I can't help but be frustrated at the irony of building condominiums for people ages 55 and older on the property where a school used to be.

The school was built during the peak of student enrollment, and is now empty because there are not as many young people or families buying homes on Long Island, having children and sending them to school. Why do we keep pushing young professionals out by building 55-plus communities?

Not all young professionals can afford, nor do they necessarily want to live in, single-family homes. Often, we're getting married and plan to have families later on. During this transition, we want to live in downtowns close to shopping and transportation.

Unfortunately, the perfect storm of planning, zoning, politics and community opposition often prevents this. As long as these decisions about housing continue, young Islanders will continue to flee.

Tara Bono, Seaford