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NEW USES: Easter Seals wants to sell old building shown at end of this street.
  • NEW USES: Easter Seals wants to sell old building shown at end of this street.

I've been reporting sporadically on the latest effort by Easter Seals to sell its derelict building on the eastern end of Lee Avenue, on state land across a ravine from the owner, the state schools for the blind and deaf. Easter Seals wants to get some money out of the building, though it arguably has broken its state land lease by ceasing rehab services it promised to provide and by vacating the building. Neighbors, after a couple of decades of devious politicking by Easter Seals to unlock money from the building, view the agency with a jaundiced eye. So they've been wary about leaping to endorse the latest Easter Seals deal, to sell the building to a businessman who'd like to put his offices (for an international clothing business) in the facility and continue to rent some space to two psychiatrists.

It would appear that Easter Seals hasn't warmed the neighborhood to the offer as yet. I can report an intriguing new offer has emerged to put a single-family home on the property, including protective covenants on perpetual use of the land. The pending proposal must be decided first. More details when I have them.

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