(Updated) City approves plan to buy Ridge School PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Monday, 07 October 2013 10:17

Bowling Green City Council Monday night unanimously agreed to purchase the Ridge Elementary property at 225 Ridge Street.

Tuesday morning at 7:15 the Bowling Green Board of Education has called a special meeting to consider the sale and also go into executive session to discuss personnel.
The city would pay the Bowling Green Area Schools $22,500 for the property, with the plan being to demolish the building and maintain the property as green space. Council attached an emergency clause to make the legislation effective immediately.

Council heard two objections to the plan, one from BG Community Development Foundation Sue Clark, and the other from a resident who said she was interested in the property for a charter school. 
Purchase of the First Ward property has the support of First Ward Council member Daniel Gordon.

"This is in response to extensive feedback from First Ward residents and some from outside the First Ward. The concerns have been about what will happen to the property and preserving as play space," he said. "We looked at the property from all angles. Keeping and renovating the building was not feasible," he said.
Friday the BG Board of Education called a special meeting for Tuesday at 7:15 a.m. to discuss possible disposal of property and an executive session to discuss personnel.
A second ordinance would allow the issuance of $200,000 in notes to finance the purchase and "site clearance, improvement and preparation and placing the site in a condition for use and operation for park, recreational and other public purposes." The ordinance also has an emergency clause. Debt service would come from the general fund.
A third ordinance would dedicate the western 20 feet of the school property as public right of way between Ridge Street and Evers Street, providing a legal means for residents along the western side of the alley to access their properties.
The building would be the fourth disposed of by the school systems in recent years. The city obtained the former junior high building, at 215 W. Wooster St. for $1 and the present City Building at 304 N. Church St., at such time as the city no longer needed the structure and the school district might want it for its headquarters. The city demolished the junior high building in 2012.
The South Main building was sold at auction for $5,000, the Central Administration building at 140 S. Grove St. was sold at auction for $15,000 and the Milton Elementary building at auction for $23,000. The city later purchased and demolished the Central Administration Building in 2012. The South Main and Milton buildings remain in private ownership.
The city spent $480,000 to demolish and clear the junior high property and $245,000 to demolish and clear the central administration property.
The school district had planned to auction the Ridge property on Sept. 30, but withdrew that plan a week earlier. The auction is now set for Nov. 4, but would be canceled if council approves the city purchase.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 09:42

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