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Long Island Voters Deciding On Controversial School Sale Today

Number Six School in Woodmere (file / credit: Google Maps)

Number Six School in Woodmere (file / credit: Google Maps)

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LAWRENCE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - A controversial plan to sell a school is being voted on Wednesday on Long Island.

The plan is to sell the vacant Number Six School in Woodmere for $12.5 million to a group that wants to convert it to an outpatient medical center.

It’s a controversial proposal that many community leaders say is wrong for the neighborhood.

“The wrong kind of crowd coming in to our area. They don’t belong in this part of town. They belong in a more commercial zone area,” one man told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

Proponents say the sale to Simone Healthcare Development Group would generate about $1 million annually in needed tax revenue.

But many homeowners say the money just isn’t worth the disruption that it would bring, and some say it would be dangerous for children.

“I think the traffic flow is going to be horrible. It’s bad enough over here now. It’s going to be horrific,” one said. “It’s not good for the community. It’s primarily a money-maker for Simone Development.”

The polls close at 10 p.m.