The following story originally appeared in the May 26 edition of The Press.

Avon

Avon City Council members approved the purchase of approximately 18 acres of land between 36225 and 36295 Detroit Road.

Council originally allowed Avon Mayor Jim Smith to enter into an option/purchase agreement with the Peak family in April 2009, and after two extensions on the option, council approved the purchase during the executive session of the May 17 special meeting.

The city purchased the property from Corrine E. Peak and Margaret L. Peak for $1.5 million.

The vacant property is located behind the current post office and fire station on Detroit Road.

When the city first entered into the option with the Peaks, Smith said, “It’s one of the few places in Avon that has never been plowed.”

“This is an excellent parcel for the city,” Smith said during the May 17 meeting. “This makes things pretty simple. It’s got a lot of potential for the city of Avon.”

The city was originally looking to build a new library on the property; however, Avon voters defeated a bond issue last November that requested funding to construct the library.

A new City Hall and possibly a city pool are some of the options city officials may consider for the property.

In the past, Smith said the property was ideal for a community pool because of its location.

“We want to get it in the center of the community,” he said earlier this year, adding that people would be able to walk to the pool easily, especially with the city’s sidewalk program.

Contact Rebecca Turman at rturman@2presspapers.com

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