After the School Construction Authority (SCA) recently showed a revived interested in developing on the proposed site of a new transitional housing facility on Cooper Avenue in Glendale, Community Board 5 plans to bring a motion in support of a school campus at its next meeting on September 10.
At a CB5 joint Land Use and Education committee meeting, originally to compose a letter to Borough President Melinda Katz on the school proposal brought to the table by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley in July, it was decided the they would bring their support for a potential school to a vote.
The proposal comes on the heels of heated criticism from the community over the remediation and $27 million proposal for a 125-family homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave.
But CB5 district manager Gary Giordano said he believes that SCA isn't interested in the property because the shelter developer, Samaritan Village, has an agreement with the owner.
“My understanding is that the SCA is not interested in the (Michael) Wilner Property because of Wilner’s lease with Samaritan Village,” said Giordano.
Kathy Masi, a member of the board and president of the Glendale Civic Association, responded that she believes the wheels are already turning on the city level.
“I think there’s a possibility that SCA and Department of Homeless Services are already having discussions as to how to resolve this,” Masi said.