By Connor Beach
A former Huntington school district property, currently on the market for $17 million, was being marketed to developers looking to build senior housing. However, that’s since changed after Huntington Superintendent James Polansky pointed out a restriction.
Due to a “restrictive covenant” that took effect when the Huntington School District sold the property in the 1983, the 11-acre campus at 300 Nassau Road in Huntington must be used for “educational purposes,” Polansky said in a statement emailed on Nov. 21.
Prior to being sold, the property housed Robert K. Toaz Junior High School for 43 years.
The covenant was added to the property deed as part of the sale to Yeshiva University. The Touro College School of Law then stood on the property until 2007, and was later bought by Mahanaim School, which offers courses in music, theology and English.
Polanski added that the covenant is binding, not only for the current owner, but also any future owners, and that the school board and administration are committed to enforcing it.
As of last week, the property was being marketed to developers as a possible site for a senior housing development, however, the listing by Daniel Kim of East Coast Realtors has since changed.
Kim, who was reached by phone Wednesday, confirmed that the property can currently only be utilized as a school.