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Fort Wayne Community Schools receives two offers for Elmhurst H.S.

Fort Wayne Community Schools has received two purchase offers for its vacant Elmhurst High School property. The FWCS board of school trustees could vote Aug. 28 on whether to accept one of the offers. (News-Sentinel file photo)
Fort Wayne Community Schools has received two purchase offers for its vacant Elmhurst High School property. The FWCS board of school trustees could vote Aug. 28 on whether to accept one of the offers. (News-Sentinel file photo)
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The FWCS board could vote Aug. 28 on whether to accept.

Friday, July 28, 2017 09:16 am

Fort Wayne Community Schools received two purchase offers for its vacant Elmhurst High School building and property at 3829 Sand Point Road.

“We will go into negotiations to determine which offer we will accept,” Krista Stockman, FWCS public information officer, said Friday morning. Thursday was the deadline for interested buyers to submit offers. Some details of the offers still have to be finalized, Stockman said. FWCS is not providing any specifics about the offers at this time, but she confirmed they are legitimate offers.

The FWCS board of school trustees tentatively is scheduled to vote at their Aug. 28 meeting on whether to approve accepting a purchase offer for Elmhurst. If that happens, the school district and buyer could close on the sale on Sept. 28.

The FWCS board does reserve the right to decline any purchase offer.

The property for sale includes about 23 acres containing the school building and parking lots and about 12 acres of farm ground west of the back parking lot in the 4300 block of Sand Point Road.

FWCS decided to keep the Elmhurst athletic fields, which now are used by South Side High School. The school district also will keep the adjacent South Transportation Center, which is a hub for buses serving south Fort Wayne.

The original portion of the Elmhurst building dates to 1929. Various additions were constructed from 1942 through 1999 to create the current building.

FWCS closed the school in June 2010 because of major budget cuts and the condition of the building.

FWCS board members voted unanimously Feb. 13 to put the school and farm ground up for sale.

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