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Bell seeking input on saving Libbey

Written by Kristen Rapin-Criswell, Toledo Free Press

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010


Toledo Mayor Mike Bell said he recognizes the importance of Libbey High School within the community and is open to suggestions on how to save certain portions of the structure.


The mayor has been approached by several individuals within the community to save the building and he is still investigating if there is a way to save some of the structure’s newer sections, said Jen Sorgenfrei, public information officer for the city.


MORE: http://www.toledofreepress.com/2010/12/21/bell-seeking-input-on-saving-libbey/

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40 meet in effort to halt end of Libbey

Moratorium sought on demolition permit

Article published December 28, 2010




A grass-roots effort to save Libbey High School or parts of its 44-acre campus began taking shape Monday night under a daunting deadline to present a plan to the Toledo Public Schools Board of Education before it signs contracts for demolition.


The school board has voted to level the structure and several other former schools and must have signed contracts with demolition firms before Dec. 31, 2011, to have the state pay for three-quarters of the cost.  The district voted to close Libbey because of declining enrollment and the need to clear a $39 million budget deficit this school year.


The nearly 40 people who met at the South Branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Monday night to consider ways to obtain a moratorium on the demolition were hit with the reality that they must have a plan within 30 to 45 days.


MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20101228/NEWS04/12270463/0/NEWS16

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Update on Libbey High School from the Toledo Demolition and Preservation Thread:


Stick a fork in Libbey, it's done. :cry: I think this ranks as one of Ohio's greatest school building losses. For the record, this was designated a National Historic Landmark. It sucks to see Ohio tear these types of buildings down. And to think Toledo is planning to tear down two dozen more school buildings is heartbreaking (about half ugly modernist buildings, half historic beauties).


Published: 11/17/2011 - Updated: 1 month ago

TPS awards contract for Libbey demolition

Evans Landscaping Inc. to raze former school




Libbey High School took another step toward extinction Wednesday, when the Toledo Board of Education approved a demolition bid for the historic building. The former high school was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in September, but board members have argued that the building at 1250 Western Ave. is too costly to maintain. Sue Terrill, a member of the preservation committee, said after the vote that she felt like our history is lost, and theres no future.


Its a day that we worked, hoped, and prayed would not happen, she said. I feel devastated that a community purpose could not be found to save a nationally designated landmark.


The board approved a bid of about $940,000 by Evans Landscaping Inc. of Cincinnati to raze the shuttered school. The companys bid one of six was more than $30,000 less than the closest competitor. Demolition is expected to begin in December. The Ohio School Facilities Commission will fund most of the cost for the demolition, as it will at the former Beverly, East Toledo Junior High, Lagrange, and Newbury buildings, which all had demolition bids approved Wednesday by the board totaling almost $500,000. Those buildings are part of more than two dozen buildings within Toledo Public Schools that must be demolished in the next year. The Libbey demolition is by far the largest and most expensive project.




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Gardens among projects proposed by city officials for use at former school sites


Published: 12/15/2012


Vacant lots where schools once stood now dot Toledo neighborhoods.  There’s the former Fulton Academy site in Old Towne, the Nathan Hale Elementary spot in Westmoreland, and the vast empty lot where Libbey High School once stood on Western Avenue, among others.  All told, more than 100 acres at about two dozen TPS properties are vacant and mostly grass after the completion of the district’s massive Building for Success program, which rebuilt and renovated dozens of schools while demolishing the old buildings.


Now, TPS is faced with what to do with all that unused property, many of which may end up, at least temporarily, in city hands.  City departments this year surveyed the sites, vetting which ones may be of interest for the city, for either the city to redevelop or transfer to interested third-parties, with eyes toward assurances that those uses would fit the city’s 20/20 comprehensive plan, Mayor Mike Bell’s spokesman Jen Sorgenfrei said.


A list compiled by the city this summer shows potential uses for some sites.  They’re more ideas than concrete plans, but do give some sense of what might come.  A senior housing project affiliated with Warren AME Church of Toledo is proposed for the former Warren Elementary site on Woodruff Avenue.  A community garden is possible at the former Lagrange Elementary site at Lagrange and Erie streets.  And there could be future housing development at the Fulton site. ... District officials hope to start presenting options for properties early 2013, and city officials could have a similar time frame for a final revision for their list of desired TPS properties.


READ MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2012/12/15/Gardens-among-projects-proposed-by-city-officials-for-use-at-former-school-sites.html

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