The city and school district have agreed to name 14 people to a joint committee to study the project. Each have two representatives and both will appoint five stakeholders. On Monday, school board President Chris Urso and Moore were named to the committee. City Council hasn’t voted on its representatives.
By supporting the center, Treasurer Randy Bertram said it shows “solidarity” among the school board.
“They know we’re serious,” Bertram said of the commissioners.
Urso called the potential of using city, school district and county money for one project “an opportunity we don’t get to redo.”
City council also has approved a $50,000 grant to research a possible renovation or building of a community center that would provide “cradle to career” programs, said Karin Maney, executive director of the Community Building Institute that manages the Robert “Sonny” Hill Jr. Community Center.
The city-owned community center was built in 1925 by ARMCO Steel and is located on 15 acres at 800 Lafayette Ave. The center will remain on Lafayette because it’s “an entry point into the city and will set off the revitalization” of the Ohio 4 corridors, she said.
At the Aug. 2 meeting with city council and school board members, Moore expressed concerns, including questions on whether the project would be the best use of the school district’s share of the federal money.
“While the community center project has merit, we must consider other district needs,” he said. “Before we invest $4 million in the community center, we must first address the needs of the district.”
He echoed those thoughts on Monday. Styles and Bertram said they’re working on answering Moore’s questions.