Written by Victoria Caruso-Davis Friday, 20 November 2009 00:00
After almost a year, St. Brigid’s has agreed to enter into a lease agreement with Glen Cove-based SCO Family Services (SCO) to convert the parish’s former convent into Westbrook Academy, a residential school for children with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome.
SCO first presented its proposal to the village in 2008 and after lengthy discussions and hearings the agency’s application was approved. But, late last year SCO decided not to proceed. According to Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro that has since changed with SCO and St. Brigid’s recently reaching an agreement.
However, before either the agency or church can move forward, the project must be approval by the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Additionally, funding for the project still needs final approval from New York State.
An informational meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24 at Westbury Village Hall. At this time, representatives from the village, St. Brigid’s and SCO will be present to answer any questions residents may have. Copies of the approved plans will also be available for review. Please note that the meeting has been called solely for informational purposes and for the benefit of refreshing the community’s memory and keeping residents informed as this project does not require any additional approval.
“I will be holding an informational meeting for any members of the community – particularly those who live in the area around the St. Brigid’s convent – to discuss the project, as approved, and the new timetable of what the community can expect,” said Cavallaro.
For more information, contact Westbury Village Hall at 334-1700, ext. 111.