By Michael Regan email@example.com
The Tonawanda News
Tonawanda News — A $412,000 deal is in place to sell the North Tonawanda School District Administrative Building to the non-profit Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled.
Superintendent Greg Woytila said the offer will now be taken to residents for approval, appearing on the ballot during the May 20 elections for school board members and a $68,423,968 budget adopted Thursday by the Board of Education.
“At this point that’s the last piece,” he said. “It won’t be signed until the voters give approval.”
The building, located on Humphrey Street, has been on the market for just under a year, along with Gilmore and Grant Elementary schools, both shuttered by the district and now used as rental properties. They are on the market for $525,000 and $675,000 respectively.
Woytila said those who work in the current building will likely move to Grant or Gilmore elementary schools for an indeterminate time. Two other parcels — a 9-acre lot on Zimmerman Street and a 36-acre plot on Wright Avenue — are available for nearly $400,000 combined.
Michelle Archer, chief operating officer of Community Services, said the organization would use the building as volunteer hub for those with developmental disabilities. The organization, which operates multiple sites in the Western New York region, has been renting one locale in Wheatfield and serving those who live in Niagara County.
“We wanted to make sure when we moved the program we stayed in the area where the people we serve lived,” she said. “What we were looking to do is find a home that we can call our own. The parking was appealing, the building is in excellent condition, it’s move-in ready. It was a great deal.”
The outfit began on Buffalo’s Hertel Avenue in 1989 providing services for people with developmental disabilities to support independent living. If the sale of the building is approved, it would serve as a staging ground for volunteerism through what Archer called the “day program.”
“They do anything you can think of related to volunteering,” Archer said. “They might have individual goals and we support them in doing that. I would say most of the people volunteering live in the Niagara County area. A lot of them are from Lewiston, Youngstown, North Tonawanda and Wheatfield. They’re spread out.”