By Jody Miller
BATH TWP.: The Revere Board of Education last week approved the purchase of seven acres of land on the former Bencin Trucking property, located at 2636 Brecksville Road, for a new bus garage.
Cost for the acreage would be $570,500, said district Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Dave Forrest, which is below the formal appraisal of the property. The parcel is located in a commercial area in Richfield Village, easily accessible to the communities served by the Revere District.
The district has long searched for land for a new bus garage. The current facility on Spring Valley Road is in such close proximity to Revere Middle School that exhaust fumes from the buses can reach the school building. In addition, the facility is not as secure as officials would prefer. While fenced many of the buses are parked outside.
The school district has done its due diligence on the parcel, said Forrest, given some previous trucking/transportation-related environmental issues, which appear to have been ameliorated by the current owner.
The district would pay for the land purchase out of net revenues from the recent sale of the Richfield School property ($92,087) and the 57 acres on Hametown and Everett roads ($685,970) and still be in the black, said Forrest.