Say No to Seafield
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We the undersigned residents of Blue Point, NY oppose the use of the St. Ursuline Center as a drug and alcohol treatment center. We are opposed for the following reasons:
1. The proposed location puts the children of our community at an undue risk.
- Blue Point Elementary School is 0.5 miles away from the facility
- No direct walking route for children south of Middle Road to school that doesn't pass the proposed facility
- No buses are provided for our students, with the majority of them walking to school
- There is a crossing guard at the corner of Middle Road and Blue Point Avenue due to the number of students that travel that way to school
2. This is financially beneficial for both St. Ursuline as well as Seafield and the financial aspect is the driving force for the deal.
- The reported carrying costs by the sisters are $900k per year. This seems extremely high that given they are a religious institution they pay no taxes.
- How have they suddenly reached a critical point now, where they need money immediately? Were there no signs of this previously with the declining population there and were any adjustments made as a result of the declining population numbers?
- Seafield inpatient facilities are for profit facilities, not to be confused with their non-profit sober home facilities. As of 2015, the cost of a 28 day stay at the existing Seafield inpatient facility was $16,100. At 76 beds, that's a yearly gross of $14.7 million. These numbers speak for themselves as to what their motivation is behind providing treatment.
3. The existing zoning does not allow for this type of commercial medical facility on the property.
- Property is zoned A1 which allows for single family homes, churches, convents and monasteries, farming, and schools.
- The proposed use as a commercial medical treatment facility is not permitted under the zoning of the property.
- Any modification to the zoning would put a commercial facility in the middle of a long established residence district that has been the heart of Blue Point since the 1920s.
- Modification of zoning would pave the way for similar changes not just in Blue Point, but in all of Brookhaven as the precedent would already be set, leading to commercial development in residential neighborhoods.
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