Tonawanda News

The City

September 26, 2013

Central School plans remain unclear


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, “Democratic Committee Chairwoman Gayle Syposs said.

The city appointed a committee to review the possibility of a center, but according to the board, the city council twice said it wasn’t interested in the property.

In May, members said they couldn’t reject a purchase offer without a concrete proposal from the city, which hasn’t been made.

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 @JessicaLBagley.

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