Elyria Board Meeting: New Eastern Heights Campus renderings revealed, sale of properties discussed
Posted by Amy Higgins on 6/12/2019
Elyria Schools has received new renderings of the forthcoming Eastern Heights campus, a K-8 facility that will be built at the existing Eastern Heights Middle School property between Garford Avenue and Prospect Street.
The architectural drawings were presented to the Elyria Board of Education at the board meeting on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
Eastern Heights Campus is within phase II of the school district’s new construction project, which entails the construction of five new school buildings throughout the city—three campuses and two elementary buildings.
Westwood campus, slated to be built in Elyria Township, is also part of phase II. Westwood is currently in the early design stage.
Eastern Heights and Westwood will open in August 2021. A groundbreaking will be held for Eastern Heights in late August. Details will be forthcoming.
Phase I of the construction project includes Northwood campus and Ely and Hamilton elementary schools. They are all on schedule and slated to open in August 2020.
At the June 12 meeting, the school board also discussed the varying possibilities for the seven school district properties that will be left vacant in the wake of the new construction project. These properties include Prospect, McKinley, Windsor, Franklin, Oakwood and Crestwood elementary schools, and Northwood Middle School.
The board will likely make a decision about what to do with these properties in the coming weeks and months. This could involve a sale of land and/or buildings—in accordance with strict state guidelines for such action—or it could involve an exchange of property with the city of Elyria, according to Paul Rigda, the Elyria School Board’s liaison on the new schools project.
School Board President Greg Elek directed district officials to conduct a series of open houses to give potential investors an opportunity to tour the facilities and grounds should they have an interest in purchasing the properties.
The open houses will be held in July and will be announced on the district’s website and in the media.