10/27/14 9:05 p.m.
The Findlay School Board approved the purchase of 0 Broad Ave, within the yellow area, for the site of its new bus garage.
Findlay’s Board of Education took a big step toward building a new bus garage at tonight’s meeting. The board approved the purchase of 12.5 acres of land at 0 Broad Ave. at the corner of W. Bigelow Ave.
Audio: Ed Kurt
Superintendent Ed Kurt said the biggest part of the decision was location. The new property is well above the flood plain, as well as near many of the district’s buildings.
Kurt said the current garage at 0 S. Blanchard St. requires moving all 50 buses when Eagle Creek floods.
The district will buy the property for $160,000. The district will also use an undetermined portion a $1.1 million donation from Marathon Petroleum to help with the construction of the garage.
Audio: Ed Kurt
Before construction can begin, soil will be tested as a precaution beginning next week. Once the results are received the current owners Knuco LLC and Tappan LTD, both owned by Al Knueven, will go to the city planning committee to rezone the land from residential to light industrial. Provided there are no issues with soil and rezoning, the purchase will then be closed.
Kurt said the goal is to start building in the spring or summer. As of right now the board is not sure of the length of the construction project as plans have not yet been finalized.
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