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May 1, 2013

Central School sale approved by TCSD


Tonawanda News — “The city is the only one that doesn’t have a community building in the area, and I think that’s a crime, “ Gayle Syposs said at Tuesday’s meeting. 

But according to the board, city officials said twice that they were not interested in the property.

“They didn’t know the building was in such great shape, and received misinformation about it,” Syposs said. “But I totally understand the board’s position and am disgusted that the city did not do their due diligence ... that’s not any of your faults.”

Syposs said her committee will continue to meet and put together a concrete proposal for the building until the referendum vote. 

And although the notion of a community building was appealing to the board, members said they couldn’t refuse the offer without the city’s concrete proposal — which it has yet to give. 

“If we refuse this, and they say no again, then who knows if we could get another offer with this storage rate?” board member Sharon Stuart asked. 

The board began discussing the sale of the building in October, and listed the school at the beginning of January for $325,000. The 34,720-square-foot building hasn’t been used as a full-time educational facility for more than 10 years. 

Last spring, the district sold another former school, Highland elementary, to S. Spoth, LLC in an auction for substantially less than its original listing price of $440,000. People Inc. planned to use the building for apartments, but the plans have yet to be approved and finalized, and the large school still sits vacant. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter at @JessicaLBagley

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