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1-14-19 Main Street School Property Update: Circuit Court Judge Rules in Favor of School District

On January 9, 2019, Third Circuit Court Judge for Wayne County David J. Allen ruled in favor of Northville Public Schools, denying a motion for a preliminary injunction filed by the City of Northville for the demolition of Main Street Elementary School. In dismissing the case, Judge Allen ruled that the school district is not subject to MCL 399.201 ET.SEQ and Section 42 of the City of Northville Code of Ordinances for the reasons set forth on the record during the hearings on December 7, 2018 and January 9, 2019. The written order was entered by Honorable David J. Allen on January 14, 2019.
The stay on the demolition of the Main Street School has been extended for 21 days to allow the City of Northville time to determine whether it will appeal the judge’s decision to the Michigan Court of Appeals.

The district is pleased that Judge Allen ruled in such a definitive and timely manner, following a thorough review of the record, including written and oral arguments.
Over the course of time, the district has been consistent in messaging that maintaining both the Old Village and Main Street facilities is cost prohibitive, not feasible or fiscally responsible. At the same time, the feedback from our community has been overwhelmingly in favor of restoring the historic Old Village School, which had been vacant since 2012, over the Main Street facility.

The school district has worked diligently to restore and repurpose Old Village School, which opened in October 2018, while also engaging in an exhaustive and transparent decision-making process to arrive at an outcome for the Main Street property that has been widely embraced by our community. In August 2018, the Board of Education approved a resolution to negotiate a purchase agreement with a developer for up to four single-family homes to be built on five lots on the Main Street property, with the additional donation by the developer of a green space buffer between Old Village School and the property line for a pocket park on school district property.

The decision reached by the Northville Board of Education – following months of study, a transparent decision-making process, and multiple opportunities for public input – represents a win-win outcome for the school district and the community, given the level of support by the community for single-family homes at the Main Street site, along with the overwhelming support for the renovation of the historic Old Village School.

Barring a decision by the City of Northville to appeal Judge Allen’s ruling, the school district will move forward with the demolition and sale of the Main Street property, consistent with the terms of the signed purchase agreement.
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