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Historic Everett Middle School in CCS to be authorized to be sold

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  • #1035204
    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans
    Keymaster

    From the August 19th Columbus City Schools Board Agenda:

    Authorization to Declare Everett and Monroe Middle Schools as Surplus and to Offer Them for Sale (CCS #’s 156 and 230)

    It is recommended that the board of education authorize the board president and treasurer/CFO to declare Everett and Monroe middle schools as surplus property and to offer them for sale in accordance with Ohio Revised Code 3313.41.

    In accordance with Board Policy 3226.2, the board of education must declare district real property as surplus prior to any disposition. The district has determined that the Everett and Monroe middle schools will no longer be needed for future district use and is recommending that they be declared surplus and made available for sale. These properties will be offered for sale in accordance with Section 3313.41 of Ohio Revised Code.

    http://www.boarddocs.com/oh/columbus/Board.nsf/Public

    #1035207
    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans
    Keymaster

    No real surprise here. I hope the historic part of the building is kept and reused. It is a large property and a huge greenspace.

    #1035281
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    If I had to make a guess, I’d say that a local developer of some sort may be interested in purchasing the site, tearing down building additions (cafeteria? gym?) and converting the historic portion of the building into residential units. The large soccer/baseball field could be converted for a new build. Basically the same plan as Barrett in Merion Village, but possibly a bit denser:

    https://www.columbusunderground.com/conceptual-plan-calls-for-150-residential-units-at-barrett-site-in-merion-village-bw1

    Would be better than it sitting empty for too long. A shame to see the school building go away though.

    #1035324

    heresthecasey
    Participant

    It’s a shame the building will no longer be serving the community as a school, but this does offer a tremendous opportunity for urban infill. I think Walker’s speculation is likely as far as something akin to the Barrett School proposal, but denser.

    What also jumps out to me is that this site has the potential to tie-in with a redevelopment of the city-owned parking lot at High/Greenwood, as well as include another public parking garage for the northern end of the SN (similar to the Hub and Joseph).

    Should be interesting to see who gets their hands on this, and what the proposal eventually consists of.

    #1035331
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    What also jumps out to me is that this site has the potential to tie-in with a redevelopment of the city-owned parking lot at High/Greenwood, as well as include another public parking garage for the northern end of the SN (similar to the Hub and Joseph).

    Forgot about that lot on High being city-owned. Agreed that it would be great to see something that could utilize all of that for one big comprehensive development. Here’s a google maps view just to show how large the site is. The main school buildings are the grey roof and square “donut”building below it. The other attached buildings I believe have all been added on over the years. It’s quite a Frankenstein of a collective building. Easy to get lost in at first, but school kids seem to figure out the cooridors and levels pretty quickly. ;)

    The giant grass lot adjacent was used as soccer and baseball fields for recess.

    I assume the big parking lot just south of the school is included in the sale too as it was used for staff/faculty.

    Immediately west of the school is the Columbus Aquatic Center. Awesome place:

    https://www.columbusunderground.com/columbus-aquatic-center-a-best-kept-swim-secret

    #1035339
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
    Participant

    Probably a tall order but it’d be great if the street grid could be reconnected.

    #1035363

    c_odden
    Participant

    I’m sad the area’s losing yet another school. This follows the loss of Indianola Elementary, Indianola Middle, Medary Elementary, and the Clinton Annex. The lack of schools in the university area has made it tough to convince folks to raise their kids here, and there are a lot of exits to other neighborhoods when kids reach age 4-5. Given how Indianola Middle’s being allowed to decay, changing owners presents a shot, at least, at restoration (the “donut” building and the chunk that projects north out of it are pretty fab inside and out).

    #1035366
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    I’m sad the area’s losing yet another school. This follows the loss of Indianola Elementary, Indianola Middle, Medary Elementary, and the Clinton Annex. The lack of schools in the university area has made it tough to convince folks to raise their kids here, and there are a lot of exits to other neighborhoods when kids reach age 4-5. Given how Indianola Middle’s being allowed to decay, changing owners presents a shot, at least, at restoration (the “donut” building and the chunk that projects north out of it are pretty fab inside and out).

    FYI, the actual school (program) located inside the school (building) was relocated this summer to the old Hubbard building (most recently used as swing-space) and has been renamed the Hubbard Mastery School:

    http://hubbardmasteryschoolprek6.ccsoh.us/

    So the area isn’t technically losing a school, it’s losing a building. Parents in the area don’t need to worry that it’s any harder to raise their kids here. Just gotta adapt to some new changes at the new building.

    School starts on Wednesday! ;)

    #1035369
    lazyfish
    lazyfish
    Participant

    it would be nice to have the ball field preserved and turned into a park…what the SN needs is more green space not more density.

    #1035383
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    it would be nice to have the ball field preserved and turned into a park…what the SN needs is more green space not more density.

    Thompson Park is right next door.

    #1035772
    lazyfish
    lazyfish
    Participant

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>lazyfish wrote:</div>
    it would be nice to have the ball field preserved and turned into a park…what the SN needs is more green space not more density.

    Thompson Park is right next door.

    there isn’t much green space at Thompson, a small playground and basketball court, the Everett ball field could make a nice small to medium park ala IV park.

    #1065520

    heresthecasey
    Participant

    Loophole seen in school-sale law
    By Bill Bush, The Columbus Dispatch
    Sunday March 1, 2015

    Columbus real-estate developers are looking into working with a charter school to purchase a Victorian Village property from Columbus City Schools without having to compete for it at a public auction.

    If no charter school agrees to buy Everett in the next six weeks, the district can auction the school building and its 4.2 acres of prime real estate to the highest bidder.

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/03/01/loophole-seen-in-school-sale-law.html

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