Draper Avenue neighbors don't want another school

"We just don't want to see a school there again," said Monini who said he'd like to see something that would be welcomed by the neighborhood and would restore his street to the peaceful enclave it once was.

Supervisor Steven Tommasone said he and the town attorneys would compile a packet of information containing documents presented to the planning commission before the school was approved for the board. He said board members would look at the ownership of the property.

"It's understandable that the residents are concerned," said Tommasone. "Years ago, that was a neighborhood school and there was no busing " the kids walked. The traffic issues and others are concerns for the town board because we're concerned about the quality of life of our residents."

Tommasone said the building will not remain vacant. He said that in the past, the Draper School was used as office space. He said this could be a viable option in the future.

Councilman John Silva reassured residents that the town would do what it could to ensure the next use of the Draper School won't have a negative impact on Draper Avenue residents.

"We're going to do everything we can not to make the same mistake again," said Silva.""

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