The Hilliard Board of Education agreed unanimously July 9 to sell 124.3 acres between Cosgray and Leppert roads to Schottenstein Homes for $40,000 per acre.
The decision followed a one-hour executive session, or closed meeting, to discuss the offer. The vote to sell the land was made in public session with no further discussion.
Board President Andy Teater, speaking after the meeting, said the sale provides the district with discretion in how the land will be developed once Schottenstein Homes makes a proposal.
Teater said the board “will have a hand in approving a development plan for this site” and reserves to right to reject a plan before it is considered by the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission.
The development is expected to include green space and soccer fields, he said, and would bring to fruition the additional athletics facilities the district and the city attempted to achieve during two failed negotiations with Help All Kids Play, a nonprofit organization that twice attempted to buy the land. Both efforts failed after Help All Kids Play could not achieve required financing to meet the terms of the purchase contract.
“It is our hope to get the soccer fields we’ve wanted on this site,” Teater said.
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