The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

February 15, 2013

Conneaut, schools could share building

Owners didn’t pay taxes; officials discuss bus, service dept. garage

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CONNEAUT —

Complicating the city’s eventual ownership of the building was the discovery last year of chemical contaminants in soil where the old factory once stood. If the city takes over the Broad and Jackson holdings, clean-up of the soil may become the city’s responsibility.

Meanwhile, the current owner is subleasing the good portion of the building to a Maryland-based, yacht-building company. The company has expressed interest in acquiring the building — if the city forgives the overdue taxes. City officials, unsure how long the yacht company may remain in town, are wary of the arrangement.

City administrators have touted the benefits of a schools/city partnership, saying it could help save money in the long term and could give the property — which abuts a residential neighborhood — more eye-appeal. “It could be put to a good community use,” Law Director David Schroeder said this week.

Newcomb said more meetings between the city and school board are ahead on the matter.

                                   

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