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January 16, 2013

A need for space


Tonawanda News — “We can handle what we have to pay for now,” Barnard said. “It’s a major concern we have — what do we do with this?”

All renters and materials were scheduled to be out of the school by Jan. 1, but the board has let the historical society keep its archives in the building past the deadline. 

Board President Jackie Smilinich said the board will have to discuss the next step with the historical society, as a possible sale looms. 

The board approved realtor Robert Liebeck, of M.J. Peterson, as the man for the job at their Dec. 11 meeting. The decision came after Liebeck and other realtor, David Supon, of Hunt Real estate, presented proposals to the board in November.

Liebeck said a for sale sign was posted on the property last week, and is listed at the price of $325,000 — the same price Highland School, now owned by S. Spoth, LLC, is currently listed at. 

“We just put the finishing touches on the brochure and are getting marketing going,” Liebeck said. “We have had a couple of parties interested, but no offers at this time.”

During his November presentation, Liebeck expressed concern that the building isn’t big enough for low-income or senior housing.

“There are buyers out there,” Liebeck said in November. “But it won’t sell for the assessed value.”

The school board is hoping the sale of Central sees more success than the district’s 2011 sale of Highland School, which went to auction and sold for $152,000, much less than its original list price. Highland still stands vacant, and board members have called the process a failure. 

Liebeck is hoping his endeavor has better results. 

“We are looking for a user to give the building a new life,” he said. “We are optimistic we will see an offer soon.” 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150

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