Oct 9, 2012
Roosevelt Renovation

The board voted to approve a $4.2 million bid for the renovation of Roosevelt Middle School to convert the building into a new administrative building. When renovations are completed, Roosevelt also will be the new home for the Licking County Educational Service Center and Licking Area Computer Association. It’s estimated leasing the third floor of the building to the ESC and LACA will bring in between $100,000 and $110,000 per year for the district, Superintendent Doug Ute said.

The board approved the project, as long as the LACA board approves a lease with the district at its upcoming meeting, Ute said. Most of the money used for the projects is left over from the district-wide construction project made possible by a $70 million bond issue passed in 2004.

Money saved from the construction project can be used only for capital improvements or to pay off bond debt early. Treasurer Jeff Anderson previously said using it to pay off debt early would have little effect on individual homeowners’ tax bills. Robertson Construction Services was chosen to complete the project.
Written by
Anna Jeffries 
Advocate Reporter

Local developer Steve Layman said the past year has been "fun‟, but saying it with a grin. Using a number of local contractors and vendors, Layman has converted the former Central Elementary School (the building at one time was a new addition to the old Newark High School downtown) into a residential property with one and two bedroom apartments renting at market based rates. Several units are already leased by individuals and empty nesters who desire to try downtown/city living. The project is across from the Licking County Library on West Main Street.

​The final unit to be finished will be a special "industrial look‟ basement/boiler room apartment with over two thousand square feet on several levels. (photo of Steve Layman in the new big basement unit).

​The building project will feature new finishes, an elevator and off street parking. And most important represents another major achievement in downtown Newark by restoring and saving a 1930‟s building, and at the same time adding additional downtown residential opportunities. The apartments retain much of a feel of an old school building with chalkboards still in place, beautiful hardwood floors and hallway lockers.

Roosevelt School side entrance, 2000.

Steve Layman smiles after having the winning bid of $90,000 in the Newark City Schools' auction of West Main Intermediate School on Thursday. The school board approved the sale, making it final./ Zach Gray/The Advocate

Steve Layman has converted the former Newark Ohio High School, into a residential property, with one and two bedroom apartments. The basement room above, will feature an "industrial look" boiler room apartment.

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The apartments retain much of a feel of an old school building with chalkboards still in place, beautiful hardwood floors and hallway lockers.

This part of the Website is about Newark Schools.
​Below is an exciting story, about what has happened, to part of our old High School.

Newark's West Main Intermediate School, which was auctioned Thursday, was built in 1925.
​/ Zach Gray/The Advocate

Thanks to Commissioner Tim Bubb  for this article. Check him out on FaceBook.
Also, visit the official Licking County Government website www.lcounty.com

News of interest on events concerning Newark City Schools. 


                          SEP 07 2018

Major Redevelopment Project in Downtown Newark

Nov 16, 2012 
West Main Intermediate auction draws $90K bid
School, once slated for demolition, gets a second chance at a new use

NEWARK — After about 40 minutes in executive session, the Newark City Schools Board of Education voted to sell West Main Intermediate and the Fifth Street Gym to commercial real estate agent Steve Layman for $90,000. The empty school building was auctioned Thursday, with Layman and entrepreneur Chris Ramsey placing bids. With the board’s approval, the sale can move forward, board president Bev Niccum said. “We are very happy we have been able to find a qualified buyer and were able to save (the buildings),” she said. Layman, who works for Anderson Layman Co., said he was glad the board accepted his bid.

“We are firm believers in the downtown,” he said. “We think that property is an important part of it.” Layman said plans for the building haven’t been finalized, but one idea is to use it for housing. 
“I’ve long said what downtown needs is energy, and energy is people,” he said
. Built in 1925, West Main was constructed on the site of the original Newark High School, said Dave Altepeter, business manager for Newark City Schools. The building was used as an elementary and intermediate school for many years, and the Fifth Street Gym was used by the district as an extra practice facility.

During the district’s $140 million project to update its schools, West Main was used as a swing building. Students from Ben Franklin Elementary and McGuffey Elementary used the building while their schools were being renovated, Altepeter said. Once students from McGuffey left the building, West Main was empty and needed significant renovations to be used as a school again, he said. “It didn’t seem appropriate that the Newark City Schools keep it — that’s kind of a drain on our resources,” Altepeter said. “It doesn’t really speak to our main mission of educating kids and having nice facilities for them.” 
On Sept. 10, the Newark school board accepted a $50,545 bid to do asbestos hazard abatement in the building. That process would be the first step in demolishing the structure. 

But on Oct. 8, several Newark residents, including members of the Downtown Newark Association, approached the board and asked the members to save the building. “We just felt that it would create an eyesore in that area if it was gone,” said Jodi Miller, president of the association. “We felt it was historically significant.” After the district had searched for a buyer for about a year without garnering any interest, the board decided to put the building up for auction. The district already had spent money hiring consultants and an architect to create a demolition plan, Altepeter said. He started the bidding at $30,000 to cover the district’s costs. 
It likely would have cost about $180,000 if the district had demolished the building. The OFSC would have covered half of the cost, Altepeter said.

Newark City Schools has auctioned several other buildings in the past few years, including Hazelwood Elementary, which is now The Look Up Center; Conrad Elementary, which is now Last Call Ministries; and Miller elementary, bought by Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Altepeter said. Maholm Elementary houses Par Excellence Academy, Central Intermediate was sold to Excel Academy and Woodside Elementary was sold to the Newark Digital Academy. North Elementary and Lincoln Middle schools were razed. The school district should bring in about $60,000 from West Main, which will go into the permanent improvement fund, Niccum said. 

Ramsey, who also bid on West Main Intermediate School, is one of the owners of The Sparta coffee house and restaurant. He said he was considering using the building for a community center or a facility to provide job training and education to people living in poverty. He said he was glad the building would be used to improve the area. “It looks like it’s not getting torn down, and that’s the important thing,” he said. 
Written by
Anna Jeffries 
Advocate Reporter