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Published: Wednesday, 8/4/2004

Sylvania Township considers buying old bus garage

Sylvania Township is considering buying the site of Sylvania City Schools' former bus garage at Brint and McCord roads. The site was pinpointed in a consultant's report as being ideal for a fire station. That reports recommends shifting the sites of four established fire stations to the west and constructing a fifth station in the west where population has increased and is expected to grow.

Brad Peebles, township administrator, said township officials are still considering how to best implement some or all of the consultant's recommendations.

Ideally, he said, the township would like to have its study and plans in place for changes in the location of fire stations before entering negotiations for a specific site, but the Brint-McCord location is one of the recommendations for a station.

Because of that, Mr. Peebles said, it's important to try to acquire the site even if it takes place before the township has finalized its plans for best eventual location of fire stations to serve the area.

The township fire department also serves the city of Sylvania.

The property under consideration became available as a result of the school district's construction of a support services center at King Road and Sylvania Avenue, which includes a new garage and administrative center for the district's transportation department.

The board of education initially said the former bus garage property would be sold at a public auction as required by state law, but Carol McElfresh, treasurer and chief financial officer for Sylvania schools, said an auction isn't required if property is sold to another public agency.

Ms. McElfresh said the property, which is about 4.5 acres, has been appraised at $625,000.

Because it was used as a bus garage, she said that it had to be inspected by the state, and the inspection revealed no contamination. Old underground fuel tanks have been removed, she said.

Specific negotiations should begin soon. There have been discussions about the sale, but both sides are still defining the scope of a possible deal, she said.

An agreement could include removing the garage, which will need to be clarified before price considerations are addressed.

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