Dear Northville School Families and Community Members,
For your information, the Northville Public Schools Board of Education will continue its discussion and evaluation of the proposals received for the sale of its 501 West Main Street property at the Tuesday, July 10, 2018 meeting. The meeting will take place at Hillside Middle School, 775 North Center Street, Northville, at 6:30 p.m. in the Forum, and will offer an opportunity for additional public comment.
An initial discussion of the proposals by Board members took place at the Tuesday, June 26, 2018 meeting and included a presentation by the district’s real estate consultant and legal counsel detailing the seven proposals under consideration, along with discussion of the key factors the Board may consider in the decision-making process. (The slide presentation is available on the district website at Main Street Proposals.) There also was a first opportunity for public comment at the June 26th meeting with several community members providing input and asking questions.
A list of the bids, including the developer, option, price and a brief description of the project, is included with this letter. Please note that interested parties had three options to bid on:
- Option 1 – Purchase of Main Street building and all available property in the RFP.
- Option 2 – After demolition of the Main Street building, purchase all five lots.
- Option 3 – After demolition of the Main Street building, purchase one or more lots.
Located three blocks west of downtown Northville, the district’s Main Street facility (formerly Main Street Elementary School) is adjacent to Old Village School. The district is currently renovating the previously moth-balled Old Village facility to house Early Childhood classrooms and the district’s central office functions currently at the Main Street facility. Renovation and restoration of the historic Old Village School is part of a $104.85 million, multi-year bond approved by voters in November 2017 that will allow the district to update aging facilities, enhance security, and provide modern learning facilities across the district. In our planning for Old Village School, we have worked together with the Historic District Commission and the City of Northville to ensure the integrity and historic significance of the 101-year-old Old Village School.
With the impending move from the Main Street building (501 West Main Street) to the adjacent Old Village School (405 West Main Street), the district and Board of Education in March issued a Request for Proposal for the sale of the soon-to-be-vacant Main Street structure and a portion of the surrounding property. In April, the district received eight proposals, with one of the developers later withdrawing their offer. The detailed bid proposals also are available for review by the public in the district’s Finance Office, Room 307 at 501 West Main Street during the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Questions or comments can also be sent via e-mail to NPS@NorthvilleSchools.org, and will be shared with the Board of Education.
Mary K. Gallagher
|Cambridge Homes||Option 2||$1,825,000 for all five lots or $1,460,000 for four lots||Five single family homes|
|Old Village LLC, Mike Miller and Greg Morad||Option 3 but all five lots||Base of $1,700,000||Four single family homes on five lots. (Propose a small, dedicated green space as buffer to school.)|
|Brett Russell /Design House||Option 1 with partial demolition of Main Street School facility||$1,750,000||Keep the front and side façade of building and sell as condominiums.|
|Curtis Building||Option 1||$1,405,000||Renovate building for apartments|
|DW Development, Hosey Development, Tekton||Option 1||$1,200,000 pending $1,000,000 from Michigan Strategic Fund.||Renovate building for apartments|
|Malloure Family LLC||Option 2||$1,250,000||Two single family homes and a park dedicated to the city.|
|Northville District Library||Option 3||$300,000||Purchase Lot 5 for additional library parking|