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Board to Vote on Selling Main Property to City

Posted on: January 20, 2016
Tags: Main

The Milford Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, at Pattison Elementary, 5330 South Milford Road. The Board will be voting on the City of Milford's offer to purchase property upon which Main is situated (525 Main Street) after demolition and abatement from the Milford Exempted Village School District. The city has offered to purchase the property for $360,000 , which is the cost to the district of the demolition and abatement.  The Board is also voting to award the demolition contracts for Milford Main at this meeting. No date for demolition has been set, but it will take place in the winter months due to significant cost savings.

Since advertising for bids for demolition in December of 2015, the district has still toured potential buyers through the building and received no offers that were financially viable.

"We have exhausted all of our options. Milford Main has served this community for over 100 years and holds many great memories. It is time to start a new chapter.  We are happy about this offer from the City of Milford and look forward to this property continuing to serve our community," said Milford Superintendent, Dr. Robert Farrell.

Since 2013, the Board of Education has been studying the future of Main.  The district's Business Advisory Council led this effort and found that, although the building is a beloved community icon, Milford Main's usefulness as an educational building has expired. The BAC recommended that the school district should release ownership. Since that report was issued, the district held a community forum seeking public input on Main. After listening to the business advisory committee and community perspectives, the Board placed the building up for public auction in May of 2014, and received no bids.  After the auction, a private offer was received, but this offer was revoked after a zoning change request was rejected by Milford City Council. Additional buyers have toured the building since this offer fell through, but no viable offers have been received by the district.

Board Agenda -  January 21, 2016