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Medina Christian Academy pursues purchase of former Rustic Hills Country Club

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    Rustic Hills Country Club in Montville Township closed Jan. 5 after almost 50 years at that location on 5299 River Styx Road. Medina Christian Academy is in the process of purchasing the former club



MONTVILLE TWP. — Medina Christian Academy is in the process of purchasing the old Rustic Hills Country Club.

However, the transaction is far from complete.

“Our intent is to purchase the property,” academy board member Bobby Knight said Wednesday. “There is a lot of due diligence.”

The purchase price is not available. It has yet to be filed with the Medina County Auditor’s Office.

The club was built in the 1960s for residents of the Rustic Hills housing development. The club was on the brink of bankruptcy when Jack and Pat Holland bought it in 1985.

The club, located at 5299 River Styx Road, closed its doors Jan. 5. As it was closing, son J. Jeffrey Holland said club had seen tremendous growth, more than double its original footprint. But it faced growing competition in the last 30 years.

The school has an enrollment of 247 students in pre-K through 10th grade. It plans to add an 11th grade next year and a 12th grade in 2021.

There are still a few hurdles for MCA, including presenting the idea during the Montville Township Board of Zoning Affairs meeting Monday, May 20 and the Montville Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday, May 22.

Township Planning and Zoning Director Paul Jeffers said Wednesday that the MCA plans a three-phase process. There are no plans on conducting school at the Rustic Hills location for the 2019-20 school year.

Jeffers said MCA’s plans were turned into his office about two or three weeks ago. Discussions started a couple months ago.

“It’s exciting,” he said. “We don’t have a Christian high school in the county.”

Academy headmaster Joseph Timco was out of the office Wednesday and not available for comment.

The school began as First Baptist Christian School in 1981 and changed its name to Medina Christian Academy in 2000.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or

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