October 20, 2014

Elyria
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List of new EHS overseers narrows to two

ELYRIA — Officials at a Lakewood construction firm, Regency Construction Services, said Wednesday it made the short list of companies that could serve as construction manager for the new Elyria High School project.

Regency President Tari Rivera told Elyria school board members Wednesday that her company is among two being considered to oversee the $68 million EHS project.

The name of the second company was not immediately available.

With the state kicking in about 40 percent of the construction cost for the new high school, the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission — the body that oversees the state’s share of the money — will decide if Regency lands the contract, school officials said.
Rivera said that by mid-October, the school district will know which company has been chosen to head the project.

Elyria school officials also made headway on the purchase of properties that lie within the footprint of the new high school, shelling out $217,500 for two parcels — one on Sixth Street and one on West Avenue.

As of Wednesday, Elyria schools have paid more than $2.3 million for more than 40 properties within Sixth and Seventh streets and West and Middle avenues.

The district still has more than a dozen properties to purchase, and school officials are trying to negotiate purchase prices with 10 property owners who have yet to accept the district’s terms or who haven’t responded to the district’s offers.