Glendale activists to rally for District 75 school
by Benjamin Fang
Apr 10, 2019 | 1217 views | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A coalition of local activists from Glendale and Middle Village will rally to support the building of a special needs school in the area this weekend.

On Saturday, April 13, at 8 a.m., a bus will depart from 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale, where a former factory site owned by Michael Wilner could be turned into a District 75 school.

The property was set to become a homeless shelter years ago, before a community effort and lawsuit eventually derailed the plan.

Now, residents are pushing Wilner to take a new course for the future of his site.

“Everybody wants the school,” said Mike Papa, a Glendale resident and local activist. “Everybody feels that’s a good location for it.”

According to Papa, Wilner has long favored for the site to become a homeless shelter. Papa said the property owner had been asked repeatedly to attend community board meetings, civic meetings and to meet with Councilman Robert Holden, who supports the plan for a school, but to no avail.

The School Construction Authority (SCA) has already expressed interest in the site. Papa said the rally is to “push along the talks” between Wilner and the SCA.

“We’re going to tell this guy he’s not going to come in here and destroying this community,” he said.
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