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Medina Creative Housing makes matching offer for Remsen Building

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MEDINA TWP. — The Medina Soccer Association made an offer on the Remsen Building recently, but Medina Creative Housing is drafting an agreement to buy the facility at 3314 Myers Road.

Creative Housing has exercised a right of first refusal in its lease and will match the soccer association’s $100,000 offer. Medina Township trustees had accepted the soccer association’s bid at its May 3 meeting.

“Medina Creative Housing has notified the Medina Township trustees via letter that it is exercising (its) right of first refusal and will be purchasing the Weymouth Community Center on the terms accepted by the Medina Township trustees,” Medina Creative Housing Executive Director Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty said in an email.

“As instructed by the Medina Township trustees, Medina Creative Housing will be working with the Medina Prosecutor’s Office to draft a purchase agreement.”

Medina Creative Housing, Medina Soccer Association and the Weymouth Preservation Society are housed in the Remsen Building.

Creative Housing had 45 days to match the offer.

The soccer association made an offer of $215,000 for the building two years ago. 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.

Township Trustee Mark Radice is happy that the township will be out of the “landlord” business. The township purchased the building several years ago from the county for $80,000 thinking that it would eventually move its police operations there. That never happened, and a new police station was built on Fenn Road.

Creative Housing signed a five-year lease last December with the township. The two trustees that engineered the deal, Bill Ostmann and Ray Jarrett, are no longer on the board.

Radice and Mike Stopa were voted into office last November.

“It was always my intention that we shouldn’t be landlords,” Radice said. “It’s caused a problem. It’s draining us every month. The lease was not in the township’s favor.

“It’s costing the taxpayers money for the upkeep of the building. The ideal thing is to get rid of the building. I think that’s what everybody wants in the township.”

The soccer association has been putting its $1,400 a month rent in escrow until the roof is fixed on its portion of the Remsen Building. Damon Hacker, president of the soccer association, said his organization still has four years remaining on its lease.

He said estimates on fixing the roof varied from $50,000 to $100,000.

The Weymouth Preservation Society subleases space from Creative Housing. The society has preserved the 1925 three-room Weymouth School. In that end of the building is a community room used by residents in the township.

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



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