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Library Sells Deaf School

Columbus Metropolitan Library trustees have voted to sell the old Ohio School for the Deaf on Town Street to a local Catholic school. Trustees this morning also voted to sell a portion of the adjacent parking lot to Cristo Rey Columbus High School. The sale price is 1-million dollars, and the school for low-income students hopes to begin operations next year. The trustees say they plan to use the land and a related portion of the parking lot between the Main Library and Topiary Park for green space and as a connection to the park. City Council in late January approved legislation removing the residential use restrictions on the building, paving the way for the library to purchase it last month for 2.2 million dollars. The building has been vacant for six years.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.