Tonawanda News

The City

November 27, 2013

Voters approve Central School sale

Purchase passes in 180-78 vote to developer Hunt

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Tonawanda News — Some residents had been lobbying the city to purchase the building and turn it into a community center, but board officials opted for an option that would result in tax revenue. City officials said twice that they were not interested in the property, board members said.

The upkeep of the property was costing the board approximately $1,000 per month.

The board began discussing the sale of the 34,720-square-foot building in October 2012, and listed the school at the beginning of January for $325,000.

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 @JessicaLBagley.

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