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Medina Soccer Association bids again for Remsen Building

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MEDINA TWP. — The Medina Soccer Association has put in another bid to purchase the Remsen Building, and township trustees might make a decision on the offer when they meet May 3.

“I know we sent a copy of the contract to the (Medina County) prosecutor’s office for them to look at,” Trustee Mike Stopa said Tuesday. “We still have to find out from them. I know there will be discussion (about the offer). As far as a vote, I can’t tell you that.”

He said he wasn’t surprised an offer was made, since the soccer association, which has rented space in the building for about five years, made a bid of $215,000 about two years ago. Stopa said he was a bit surprised, however, at the new offer — $100,000 — less than half the previous one.

“It was only logical they presented an offer,” Stopa said, and noted trustees discussed the offer in executive session at their April 5 meeting.

Trustees voted down the previous offer for the property at 3324 Myers Road.

In the meantime, Medina Creative Housing, another building occupant, signed a five-year lease, with five option years with trustees in December.

As per a stipulation in the lease, Stopa said, Creative Housing has the option to match any offers made on the building.

Two of the trustees who signed the lease, however, no longer are on the board — Dave Ostmann and Ray Jarrett — and the new board has hired an attorney to look into breaking the lease, citing the poor condition of the building.

“We still have him looking at it until further notice,” Stopa said.

“They have not done much upkeep on it,” said Damon Hacker, president of the soccer association, said of the Remsen Building. “There are some issues with the roof. It might need to be replaced.”

The leak has left one of the soccer association’s two indoor fields unusable.

Stopa said the association is holding its $1,400 monthly rent in escrow until repairs are made.

Hacker said if the soccer association is successful in buying the building, all three occupants could “co-exist.”

The Weymouth Preservation Society subleases space from Creative Housing.

Hacker said if trustees vote down his organization’s offer, he said it’s not out of the question association members will look for another home.

“It depends on how it flushes out,” he said. “We may need to. We just need to know. It impacts what plans we make, how we renovate it or what other places we look at.”

Dave Clardy, representing Peace Works, made an offer of $300,000 for the building last year. That offer was shelved over a dispute about deed restrictions on the property.

Clardy was unavailable for comment for this story.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.


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