Groveport Madison Schools finalized the purchase of a vacant commercial building in which the district will consolidate its operations and eliminate more than $350,000 in annual rental expenses. The 109,000 square-foot building at 4400 Marketing Place in Groveport was purchased for $2.8 million using a 20-year, low-interest bond.
“We have been renting three separate buildings to house our Information Services and Buildings and Grounds Departments, the Administrative Office, and Cruiser Academy,” said Superintendent Bruce Hoover. “By purchasing the 4400 Marketing Place building, we will not only eliminate hundreds of thousands of dollars in rental costs, but we will also consolidate all of our support functions into one location, immediately adjacent to Groveport Madison High School. This move will save us money and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our support functions.”
The renovation of the building will take place in three stages, with the first stage to begin immediately, with the build out of a bus garage and bus parking area. This work must be completed by spring in order to move all of the buses and the current bus garage out of way of the high school construction project. The second stage of the work will be the renovation of the space for Cruiser Academy, which will move in the summer of 2016. The third stage of the renovations will take place next school year, when the Administrative Offices, Information Services and Buildings and Grounds Departments are relocated.
The building will be known as the Groveport Madison District Service Center.