Columbus Metropolitan Library

System looks to buy deaf-school site for $2.16M, may expand

The Columbus Metropolitan Library has negotiated a contract for the purchase of the old Deaf School property at 400 E. Town St. for $2.16 million.

The 2.24-acre property is situated between the Deaf School Park and the Main Library at 96 S. Grant Ave.

It includes a vacant four-story building that was completed in 1899 as part of the Ohio School for the Deaf.

The contract is subject to approval by the library’s board of trustees, which is expected to consider the matter at its meeting Wednesday, Jan. 30.

The contract also is contingent upon Columbus City Council’s decision to authorize the release of a restriction that now limits use of the property to residential purposes.

“This acquisition gives us numerous options for the Main Library, which is now land-locked,” said Patrick Losinski, chief executive officer of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

“Our interest in the procurement is inspired by Bryant Park in New York, which is connected to the New York Public Library and provides an outdoor reading room and green space for library customers.”

For more on this story, see the Jan. 31 edition of ThisWeek Community News.