Brecksville City Council approves land-swap agreement with Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools
BRECKSVILLE, Ohio -- City Council has approved a land-swap agreement that will give the Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools 25 acres on the municipally owned Blossom Hill property.
The school district will build a new elementary school on the land. In exchange, the school district will give the city the 3.6-acre Central Elementary School property on Royalton Road and 10.5 district-owned acres on Stadium Drive.
The Brecksville-Broadview Heights school board approved the agreement earlier in August, and council unanimously followed suit last week.
Under the agreement, the new elementary school will stand next to Brecksville’s proposed athletic field house on the 185-acre Blossom Hill.
The city and school district will share the field house and the new school’s cafetorium. The district will use the field house during school hours and for sports tournaments, and the city will use the cafetorium for meetings and events during non-school hours.
The city and schools, to save money, will build the field house and elementary school simultaneously and share construction costs, including those for surveying, geotechnical studies, environmental assessments, utility installation and construction testing.
Brecksville Mayor Jerry Hruby has said the city hopes to start building the field house, which under the latest design would contain four sports courts and a turf field, in 2020.
Earlier this month, Chris Smith -- architect with ThenDesign Architecture, a Willoughby firm the district hired to design the new elementary school -- told the school board that the new school would open by fall 2021.
ThenDesign is also designing the city’s Blossom Hill field house and an enlarged aquatics section at Brecksville Community Center.
Last year, the schools unveiled a plan to build one new elementary school that will replace four existing elementary schools -- Central, Chippewa, Highland and Hilton -- due to declining enrollment.
In May, voters in the school district approved a 2.2-mill bond issue that will pay for the new elementary school.
Hruby has stated that the city has not decided what it will do with the Central school property. As for the 10.5 acres the district owns on Stadium Drive, Hruby said the city would continue to use the land for recreational purposes. The property now contains athletic fields and a community garden.
Additional provisions in the city-schools land swap agreement include:
The new 160,000-square-foot elementary school will include a playground open to the public.The city will allow the district to use the field house during the school day and at other times when the city isn’t using it.The district will have complete control over the new school’s design, but the cafetorium would be positioned close to the field house.The city will pay ThenDesign for the field house design and the district will pay ThenDesign for the school design.The city and district will hire one construction manager for both the field house and the school. The city and district will pay construction-manager costs related to their respective projects, but both parties will save by sharing some costs related to construction management.The city and schools will share the costs of building parking lots and shared ballfields.The city will own and maintain the field house and the district will own and maintain the elementary school.