Thursday, March 14, 2002

Norwood 'selling' Shea

Council OKs $1 sale to schools

By Susan Vela,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NORWOOD — After several parents spoke of Shea Stadium's importance to their children, City Council members agreed Tuesday to sell the 30-year-old facility to Norwood Schools for $1.

        The city and school district began tentative negotiations at least three years ago. Those dealings became serious late last year when the district conducted a structural study of the building.

        While the city owns the facility, the school district's athletic teams compete there.

        “The kids deserve a home field to call their turf, their home, their field. We've protected their right to say that. This is a good deal for the city,” Councilman Will DeLuca said.

        Superintendent Barbara Rider has said the school district decided to go ahead with the purchase because it wanted total ownership of the 5,000-seat stadium.

        This spring, the school district plans to kick off a $2 million improvement plan that will cover the first major repairs at the stadium.

        The district wants to fix the sunken concrete outside the plaza, and replace locker rooms and aluminum seating planks, among other repairs.

        The city's planning commissioners still must approve the transfer of ownership. They could vote on the matter at a Monday session.

        School board members have voted to pursue the purchase.


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