Contentious L.I. Debate Rages On Whether To Turn Vacant School Into Medical Offices

LAWRENCE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A fierce debate is being waged in Long Island’s Five Towns. That debate centers on whether to turn a closed elementary school into outpatient medical offices that could reap millions of dollars for the cash-strapped community.

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The hot-button issue is whether to sell the vacant Number Six School in Woodmere for $12.5 million, return it to the tax rolls and pump the much-needed cash into the district’s budget.

“The fact that there is a medical facility that can provide treatment and save them trips to the E.R., but at the same time, it seems to be the feeling over here that there is much more negative will come out of this than positive, and that’s why you see plastered all over town ‘vote no,’” Lawrence resident Eli Weiss told CBS 2′s Jennifer McLogan.

“We don’t need a big commercial operation moving into the area. It’s not all about money!” Bernie Schreiber said.

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