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Historic Neil Avenue Building Among Three Sold by Columbus City Schools

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Columbus City Schools auctioned off three properties this week, including a two-story brick building at 2571 Neil Ave. that once held the Open Air School, a school for children at risk of contracting tuberculosis.

The Neil Avenue building, which in recent years held the district’s Student Support Services, was bought by Kelley Real Estate Group for $1.15 million. Located at the northwest corner of Neil and Hudson Street, it sits on a 1.22-acre site that had been appraised at $900,000.

Michael Kelley of the Kelley Companies confirmed the purchase but declined to comment on plans for the building. Kelley recently headed up the renovation of the St. Clair Hotel on the Near East Side.

Also sold by the district was Gladstone Elementary, at 1965 Gladstone Ave. in Linden, and the Scarborough Bus Compound, at 2510 Park Crescent Drive, off of Bryce Road.

Gladstone was bought for $525,000 by Global School Properties after being appraised at $465,000. It’s a two-story building that sits on a 2-acre site.

The 6.5-acre bus compound site was bought by Miller Transportation for $400,000 (it was appraised at $300,000).

Columbus City Schools spokesman Scott Varner said that the Board of Education will vote on approving the contracts for the three properties at its meeting on November 21.

“These sales are the result of our community-backed Facilities Master Plan, which told us the buildings would not be needed for future growth,” he said, “and of the commitment made during the levy campaign to identify all additional dollars available beyond the request to taxpayers.”

The Shepard School, which was built in 1920 and sits on a 3-acre site near the corner of Sunbury Road and East Fifth Avenue, received no bids at auction and remains for sale. It was appraised at $520,000.

One notable building not on the recently sold list is Indianola Middle School, which the Board of Education agreed to sell to Ohio State. Varner said that the sale has been delayed due to OSU’s land acquisition process, but is still preceding; “the plans for the property and the partnership behind it have not changed.”

Additional Reading: Columbus City Schools to Auction off Several Key Sites

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