Ohio Library Selling Former School for Deaf for $1M

Friday, March 15, 2013

A remnant of the historic Ohio Deaf School campus downtown may have a college prep high school operating in it by next year.

The Columbus Metropolitan Library’s trustees on Thursday committed to selling the 88,000-square-foot property at 400 E. Town St. next to the system’s main branch to the Cristo Rey Columbus High School just a couple of weeks after buying the 114-year-old property and adjacent land for $2.16 million.

The board’s unanimous vote at a special meeting calls for the independent, college prep Catholic school to purchase the building and a portion of the adjacent surface parking lot for $1 million. A final contract must still get worked out before a closing expected in late March or early April “if everything falls into place,” said Cristo Rey spokeswoman Lisa Griffin.

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