MEDINA — The city and the school district are looking to swap land in the near future.
The city owns Bowman House and leases it to Medina Schools. The property at 625 Bowman Lane is near Weymouth Road.
“We have our special needs program in that house,” Medina Schools business director Jon Burkhart said.
Burkhart said the plan is to purchase the house at 347 N. Huntington St., located next to Ray Mellert Park, for $65,000 and trade it to the city for the Bowman House and the 0.65 acres it sits on.
Medina Schools owned the Bowman property before swapping it to the city in 2009 in exchange for the property that was used to build Eliza Northrop Elementary School, Burkhart said.
Since then, the school district has leased the house from the city. The district doesn’t pay rent at the house but is responsible for repairs and upkeep.
Students are bused to Medina High School and then transported to the nearby Bowman House, where they learn life skills.
Burkhart said there are two kitchens in the house that helps students learn to cook, plus they learn how to make a bed, do laundry and shop for groceries. The house has wide doorways that allow wheelchairs to pass through.
Burkhart said the Bowman House is in need of repairs, including a new roof. He said they’ll use sales tax funds to fix up the ranch-style home.
Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said the city has been interested in the home on the north side of the parking lot at Mellert Park for some time.
“When events are held at the pavilion and splash pad, we do not have adequate parking,” he said.
The city wants to demolish the home and extend the parking lot.
“The plan is for the schools to purchase the home next to Mellert Park that is for sale, pay closing costs and pay for demolition,” Hanwell said. “Expanding the existing parking lot would be the city’s responsibility.”
Burkhart hopes to prepare the parcel next to Ray Mellert Park by the next school board meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Then, he’d like to complete the land swap at the March 18 meeting.
Hanwell said City Council will have to authorize the land swap, which is permitted under Ohio Revised Code.
Hanwell said the city eventually wants to align Bowman Lane with Woodland Drive. Also, it wants to keep a former tennis court on the Bowman Lane property and use it for a parking area for park users to access bike and walking trails in Reagan Park.
“(This is) another great collaboration between the Medina City Schools and the city of Medina to assist and work together to meet our respective needs,” Hanwell said.