Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00
New Cassel residents — prepare to say goodbye to the Grand Street School.
The Town of North Hempstead recently received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the demolition of the former school, which has been an eyesore in the community for almost 15 years.
“This grant allows us not only to rid the community of the Grand Street school, which became an eyesore and a health and safety hazard, but it allows us to continue with the positive transformation of New Cassel,” Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman said.
“I am delighted that the New Cassel revitalization is continuing as our residents deserve a neighborhood that is thriving economically and socially,” added Town Councilwoman Viviana Russell, who represents the area. “The redevelopment of this property should certainly help do that for the community.”
This grant is part of $1 million in grants given to New York City and the Town of North Hempstead to help communities clean up and revitalize contaminated sites. The funding was awarded through the EPA’s Brownfields Program, which reinvests in contaminated and polluted properties to protect the environment and reduce blight.
Plans for this upcoming open property, which is approximately 2.5 acres, are still being discussed, but will be consistent with the Visioning Plan created by the community to include senior housing and recreational space. According to supervisor Kaiman, there will be community discussion on what to do with the property and the goal is to complement the ‘Yes We Can” Community Center, which is located across the street. The area will also provide additional parking for the center.
The Department of Public Works has completed the project investigation and is currently preparing bid documents with demolition expected to begin sometime during the fall.