from the recent lawsuit initiated against the Village...
architecturally distinctive Historic Main Building of the former
St. Paul’s school was constructed at its present location
on Stewart Avenue in Garden City between 1877 and 1883. For more
than a century, the school was operated as a private educational
institution by the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. Over the years,
additional buildings were constructed and annexed to the Historic
Main Building, including an activities center known as Cluett Hall
and a field house containing a gymnasium and other facilities.
1991, the St. Paul’s School was closed. The following year,
the Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Garden City developed
a plan to purchase the St. Paul’s property through condemnation
in order to prevent “unwanted redevelopment of one of the
Village’s most prominent properties.”
effectuate this plan, the Village first entered into a “MEMORANDUM
OF UNDERSTANDING” in which the Village agreed to pay the Cathedral
of the Incarnation of the Episcopal Diocese $7,250,000 for the Historic
Main Building, other structures, and approximately 48.6 acres of
purchase of the St. Paul’s property was subject to a series
of conditions that were expressly set forth in the Memorandum of
(a) adoption of a Bond Resolution providing for a referendum vote
by Village residents; and
(b) acquisition through an eminent domain proceeding.
resolution no. 113-1992 (adopted 12/22/92), the Village Board of
Trustees authorized the acquisition of the St. Paul’s property.
The same resolution authorized the issuance of $8,500,000 in serial
bonds to finance the acquisition of the property and to partially
reconstruct the buildings thereon, in order to safeguard and protect
resolution no. 114-1992 (adopted 12/22/92), the Board of Trustees
authorized a Special Election to enable Village voters to approve
or disapprove a proposition respecting the acquisition and the issuance
of the serial bonds. The latter resolution included the text of
the proposition, asking voters to approve or reject the Bond Resolution
“authorizing…the acquisition for Village purposes, including
recreational purposes, the certain parcel of land, including buildings
and improvements thereon, commonly known as the St. Paul’s
the Special Election held on February 2, 1993, more than 88% of
voters approved the resolution authorizing the acquisition of the
St. Paul’s property. Thereafter, the Board of Trustees adopted
a resolution (no. 24-1993) stating that it was in the best interests
of residents to proceed with the acquisition of the property through
same resolution included findings that “the public use, benefit
or purpose to be served by the proposed acquisition includes the
preservation of this important 48.6 acre site to provide for significant
green space and to present undesirable use and development”
upon these findings, the Supreme Court approved the acquisition
through eminent domain, and by order signed by Justice Leo F. McGinty,
the Village formally obtained title to the entire property in November,
1993. Between 1994 and the present, virtually every part of the
St. Paul’s property, except for the Historic Main Building
and an annex known as Ellis Hall, have been dedicated to and put
to public use. According to the Village’s own publication,
Village Facts, “the St. Paul’s campus” has become
a “hub of community activities.”
of the buildings annexed to the Historic Main Building, known as
Cluett Hall, is used 12 hours a day, Monday through Saturday, for
recreational and social activities such as aerobics, arts and crafts,
and dance classes, and has become the focal point for special cultural
activities including plays, art shows, concerts, and dinner dances.
In addition, the indoor running track at Cluett Hall is regularly
used during the winter months by numerous Village residents who
enjoy running and walking to maintain their exercise programs.
second building, the Field House, is used on a daily basis for after
school youth gym programs and nighttime adult basketball and volleyball.
The Village has also allowed numerous youth sports organizations
and public school athletic teams to use the facility. Finally, the
field areas of St. Paul’s have become the home for numerous
organized outdoor recreational activities, including public school
team practices, games, and meets, and Recreation Department sponsored
softball league games, lacrosse camps, and summer activities.
The illegal plan
to lease the Historic Main School Building...
The Kenny Lawsuit...
The Village fails to put the Historic
The foolish plan to “market”...