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Wadsworth rejects bids for vacant former senior center

By Beau Dusz
Special to the Beacon Journal

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WADSWORTH: Service Director Chris Easton told City Council’s Public Ways Committee last week that all offers to lease or sell the former senior center at 138 High St. were rejected.

The 90-year-old, 13,000-square-foot building became vacant when the Wadsworth Center for Older Adults and a nutrition site moved to new headquarters at 617 School Drive.

City officials repeatedly have said they do not want the building to remain vacant and want assurance a company or person who leases or buys the building will not leave it vacant.

In a July 1 letter to Mayor Robin Laubaugh, Easton said the bids were opened and he recommended they be rejected because insufficient compensation was offered. He also recommended a minimum purchase price or lease amount be offered before the city negotiate with any party.

Easton also explained that Laubaugh might want to complete an analysis of options and future space needs for Wadsworth to clarify if the building should be reserved for municipal uses.

According to Easton, the bidders were a church and a site for a brewery.

The church wanted a three-year lease and offered $9,600 annual payments. The brewery was willing to add $380,000 worth of improvements to the site but offered no lease payments, Easton said.

He said the next round of bids will be opened Aug. 30.

The building is appraised at $184,000. It has served many uses during its lifetime with the city’s senior center occupying the space for the past four decades.


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