The commission next hired appraiser Harvey Plus LLC/Harvey Auction Company of Springfield for a property appraisal. The firm’s report listed the fair market value of the 171.25 acres and improvements at $1,336,000.
The commissioners July 10 sent a letter and the appraisal to the Elizabeth Twp. Board of Trustees for trustees’ review.
“Several years ago the board (of commissioners) met with Elizabeth Township Trustees regarding their interest in the property if the David L. Brown program were to close. At that point in time, it was suggested that should the board decide to dispose of the property the township would like the first opportunity for purchase,” the commissioners wrote.
The commissioners asked the trustees to review information and if interested in submitting an offer to respond by July 27.
John Ryman, trustees’ president, said July 18 the trustees received the letter but had not had the opportunity yet to discuss it. The township has farmland placed in preservation already and will discuss the property when all three trustees can meet, he said. An extension of the commission’s July 27 deadline might be needed, he said.
“There is some interest there for us,” Ryman said.
The children’s home operation on the property closed in the 1970s. The building then reopened as the Western Ohio Youth Center in the early 1980s. After that facility closed in 1984, the 1932 building was renovated before reopening in 1987 as a county youth center. The name was changed in 1994 in memory of a former director.