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Sound Off: If Cottages Were Empty Would You Use The Space?

Some trustees hesitant to renew license agreement with Cathedral Nursery School because they believe village groups could benefit from the leased space.

More space always seems to be desired in Garden City - more space for parking, more space for senior citizen activities, more space for meetings.

Some trustees argue that the village could benefit from the four cottages currently being leased by Cathedral Nursery School for educational purposes.

School officials recently came before the board to request a license agreement renewal. The current license agreement expires June 30, 2013. School officials are requesting renewal of that agreement to expire on June 30, 2014.

Trustee Brian Daughney believes the village could use the space. "We are going to build an addition or [make] significant improvements to the senior center on Golf Club Lane. Maybe we can use the cottages for a temporary home for the seniors while this work is being done," he said.

"The recreation and cultural affairs department could use the space. The [property owners' associations] could use the space for their meetings. I am sure we can find public uses for the space."

Do you agree with Trustee Daughney? If those cottages were no longer occupied would you use the space? For what purpose? Let us know in the comments.

HM July 24, 2012 at 04:26 PM
No, hundreds of village children would be displaced from their nursery school. The lease should be renewed.
Rhonda Goldfarb July 24, 2012 at 05:19 PM
So you want to give up a space where we collect a fee on to give it away free. What a dumb idea. These guys need to stop worrying about the small stuff and if they want space decide what they are going to do with St Pauls
Washington Ave. July 24, 2012 at 09:13 PM
i need a place to park a boat
LJ July 25, 2012 at 03:47 AM
In fact, virtually the only place for local civic groups to meet is the Garden City Library. Time there is now STRICTLY limited to two hours, not enough time for some civic groups to meet, or you risk getting a parking ticket. I frankly find this outrageous. And yes, the groups do pay a nominal fee to meet there. Do the trustees feel there are enough groups who wish to meet at the cottages in order to juastify this decision to displace the nursery school? If so, they should make that clear so the residents can make an informed choice about what is happening.What groups are we talking about ? More information is needed to be made public.
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