Three Northport-East Northport schools hit the market

The Northport-East Northport School District has retained the Newmark brokerage firm to market three of its properties for sale or lease. 

The district properties, totaling 233,380 square feet of buildings on a combined 42.6 acres, present an opportunity for redevelopment as senior housing, assisted living facilities, or mixed uses, according to a Newmark statement. 

The properties being marketed by Newmark include Bellerose Elementary School, a 60,400-square-foot building on 15.8 acres at 253 Bellerose Ave.; the Dickinson Avenue Elementary School, a 55,080-square-foot building on 12 acres at 120 Dickinson Ave.; and The William J. Brosnan School, a 117,800-square-foot building on 14.8 acres at 158 Laurel Ave. 

The Bellerose Avenue property is vacant. However, the district currently maintains office space at both the Dickinson Avenue and Laurel Avenue properties and leases space to a pre-school there as well. A district spokesperson said it is yet to be determined where the district offices will be relocated to once the properties are sold. 

Scott Berfas, Daniel Oliver and Jordan Oliver of Newmark are representing the school district in the sale of the properties. 

“We are looking to create the highest and best use of these properties to benefit the district and the surrounding communities,” Berfas said in the statement. “We expect robust interest from developers for these sites, and we will work with community input to ensure that a wide variety of uses are considered.” 

The school board voted to implement a district reorganization plan in the spring of 2021 that paved the way for the disposition of the three properties. The district will have to approve any contract of sale for the properties and any sale would also have to be approved by a referendum put to the voters who reside in the district, as per state law. 

“We are looking forward to working with Newmark on finding the best opportunity for these properties that is financially beneficial to the district while meeting the needs of our local community,” Robert Banzer, the district’s superintendent, said in the statement. 

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