NK School Property History
Village of North Kingsville
3541 East Center Street, PO Box 253
North Kingsville, Ohio 44068, (440) 224-0091
June 16, 2020
There have been several rumors being spread regarding the school property. I would like to take the time to give some facts. Members of council and I have done some research to separate facts from rumors. From our research this is what we have discovered:
- In August of 2013 Buckeye Local Schools unanimously agrees to auction off North Kingsville School and property under Superintendent Joseph Spiccia.
- In April 2014 Superintendent Joseph Spiccia told the Star Beacon that the building could be demolished by August. He continued to say when the building is gone there’s a good chance the acreage will be gifted to the Village. There had been discussion with the mayor and council to donate the land to the Village.
- In January 2015 Administrators in Buckeye said the 7.7 acres that surround the school could be donated to the Village. At that time Mr. McConnell was mayor. He stated that that the Village would welcome the land which could be transformed into a park. Then, Tom Diringer took over as the new superintendent at Buckeye Local Schools and recommended the board delay demolishing the building due to the cost. At a November meeting, it was reported a newspaper advertisement to sell the school and property had drawn no interest. Before that an auction took place but no bidders appeared. Mayor McConnell had said that he hoped the Village would still be gifted the acreage since the Village could not afford to contribute to any purchase.
- Around September 16, 2015 Christ2Christ International Ministries being represented by Rev. Robert Thornton of Cleveland bought the property for $3,500. It is unknown what happened but the sale of the property did not go through.
- November 2015 Flannigan’s American Roofing and Construction, LLC purchased the property.
- During the spring of 2017 council held a strategic planning session to discuss the future of lands, buildings, and equipment of the Village. During the meeting the old North Kingsville school property was discussed. The topic arose because it was sold and was now in the hands of a private investor. The conversation also came up because of the way it was sold by Buckeye Schools. That transaction did not sit well with council and most residents. Looking back, this may have been a blessing not getting the property at the time of the sale. The property was sold as is. Buckeye Schools knew the cost of demolition to this property would be approximately $200,000 to $250,000. North Kingsville Village Council could not and would not justify spending that kind of Village money. Mr. Flannigan had purchased the property and has since demolished the building and remediated the land. He has accepted our offer to purchase the property for $150,000.00. This is $18,000.00 below the Ashtabula County Auditor's valuation of the property. Now, let's do some basic math. The property the Village sold in 2014 sold for $106,000.00. During that time we have had the money in the bank gaining interest. The difference between the purchase price from Flannigan and the Village sold land is just around $42, 000.00. The Village not only saved demolition cost of around $200,000.00 but can obtain this property reasonably.
- June 2017 a 9-member advisory board that made up of public officials and residents started talking about buying the old school property.
- Some residents have suggested that Mr. Flanigan gift us the property. As much as we would like for Mr. Flanigan to give us the property, he’s not going to do that.
- Many people are asking how we can afford to purchase this property. On December 23, 2014 the Village sold 2 acres of land on Lake Road in the amount of $106,000. The Village would be using that money to purchase the old school property.
- It has also been suggested that the money that the Village is looking to spend on the property would be better spent to save Sunset Park. Although, we all love the park, $150,000 would not even make a dent in what it would cost to fix the park and stop the erosion. It’s going to cost at least a million dollars.
Last year many residents were upset when Mr. Flanigan came to us wanting to rezone the property. Then, for his own reasons, Mr. Flanigan withdrew his request. Council once again started discussing purchasing the property. It was their thought that the Village could do something there for the residents and/or in several years we could consolidate and build a new village hall, police department, and fire station. We could sell our current buildings. Buying the property is something the council had in mind that they wanted to do for the residents. They thought it would give them peace of mind knowing it was Village owned and they weren’t going to allow someone to come in and buy the property that wouldn’t have the Village and residents best interest in mind. This is also an investment for the community and to ensure the surrounding neighbors nothing will be built on the property that would not enhance the surrounding properties. Had the property been sold to an investor, the investor could have put in a gas station, unwanted housing or anything else within the Village zoning guidelines. Someone could challenge this in court and our legal research has told us that we would lose the court case making it so that the residents would lose most of all.
Please note if the land on Rt.20 is purchased the equipment at Sunset Park could be moved there.
Mayor Mindy Bisbee