Hebrew Academy Bids $9.2M on Woodmere Property

Three proposals on the table for former Five Towns elementary school.

The Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, a Orthodox day school serving children in grades one through eight at 530 W. Broadway, has bid $9.2 million on the Number Six School in Woodmere, one of two proposals for the property, including a Jewish Community Center, at $9.1 million, and a developer.

According to Lawrence Board of Education Trustee Rabbi Nahum Marcus, the Plainview-based Greiner-Maltz Real Estate, the commercial broker trying to sell the property at 523 Church Ave. in Woodmere, told the school board minutes before a meeting in March that HALB’s bid was received, the Nassau Herald reports. Marcus, who questions how the sale of the school has been conducted, said:

“I asked how long the JCC’s bid had been sitting there and the response was 45 days. It seems very funny that 45 minutes before our meeting HALB’s bid comes in higher. Something’s not kosher. Either a board member called them, the broker called them or they’re damn lucky and I don’t believe that they’re damn lucky. I’m not saying anyone did anything but I do have my suspicions.”

Dr. David Sussman, a Lawrence trustee, said that Marcus’s position was completely incorrect.

The principle at HALB was unavailable for comment Tuesday morning.

HALB has two high schools in the Five Towns: David Renov Stahler High School for Boys in Woodmere and Stella Kay Abraham High School for Girls in Hewlett Bay Park.

Candygram for Mongo April 17, 2012 at 04:26 PM
must be a conspiracy
Javier April 18, 2012 at 01:18 PM
So why can't we sell the East School in Long Beach the same way? Its unnecessary to keep a school open that serves a few local kids.
emd563 April 18, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Does that mean HALB on Broadway will be closing its doors here in LB, or just expanding into Woodmere if its bid is accepted?
Lloyd April 18, 2012 at 06:08 PM
You know that if the East School is sold, it will go for only a dollar or two to some real estate investor from Brookhaven town. The City will claim that was the highest bid.
Eddie April 18, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Would be nice to get that HALB property back on the tax roles. And yes, Lloyd, I must agree. When the City sold the Central School to a condo developer, they only got $200,000 for the five acre site. They would indeed give away the East School to a corrupt friend.
Disgusted Homeowner April 19, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Hey Lloyd, do you know the difference between The City of Long Beach and The Long Beach School District. I bet you live in an apartment and do not directly pay real estate taxes. I sometimes think you live with your mother.
ADNK April 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM
45 MINUTES? (What a coincidence.)
ADNK April 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM
It sounds like an expansion.
Eddie April 19, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Strange that my note was deleted. So I'll repeat myself: When the City sold the five acre Central School, they gave it away for $200,000 to a connected developer. So beware of any plan to sell the east school. As far as HALB is concerned, they are a fine institution but if they move to Woodmere, their Long Beach site would probably return to the tax rolls which would greatly benefit the Long Beach taxpayer.


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