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Published: Tuesday, 5/25/2010

Ex-elementary offered for sale by Mason Schools

BY MARK REITER
BLADE STAFF WRITER

ERIE - Mason Consolidated Schools is looking for a buyer for the former North Elementary School on Woods Road.

The Board of Education signed a one-year contract last week with First Realty Commercial & Investment of Monroe, which markets commercial property, to list the site.

Built in the 1960s, the one-story building was shuttered in 2006. It comes with 20 acres; 13.5 acres are wooded and the rest is vacant.

Superintendent David Drewyor said the district upgraded the building with a new roof and furnace in the months before the Board of Education decided to close it.

"At the time, they didn't realize the need to downsize," he said.

The contract with First Realty calls for the listing agent, Scott Hudkins, to receive a 7 percent commission on the sale of the property. Mr. Hudkins also own First Realty GMAC, which is for sales of residential property.

He said the building will be marketed through multiple listing services. He said the property is zoned for agricultural use.

The building is appraised at $325,000. The property is zoned for agricultural and residential use and could be used as a day-care center, church, or an assisted-living home.

The school district tried to sell the former Luna Pier Elementary building, which the district closed in June, 2003.

"We have taken the property off the market. We are waiting to see what happens in Luna Pier with the master plan," Mr. Drewyor said. "We know that this is a really good investment. We are just sitting on it. It is not costing us anything."

The school in Luna Pier is next to district-owned land that is used for soccer and baseball fields. The fields are operated by the city.

Mr. Drewyor said part of proceeds from the sale of North Elementary could be used to pay for demolishing Luna Pier school, a move that would make that property more attractive to developers. "But we don't want to use district money to demolish it," he said.



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