Dublin City School District officials are working with a real estate group to continue searching for commercial buildings to convert to educational space.

Dublin City School District officials are working with a real estate group to continue searching for commercial buildings to convert to educational space.

Dublin Board of Education members Oct. 24 unanimously approved an agreement with commercial real estate company CBRE Group.

According to the agreement, the district is looking to purchase or lease an office property that has about 100,000 square feet of space in Dublin to be used for alternative high school or educational purposes.

The one-year agreement will help the district learn what spaces are available in the market, said Jeff Stark, the district's director of business operations.

He said CBRE officials already have some options for the district to consider.

"We have a lot of space concerns," Stark said.

Along with an alternative high school option, district officials previously recommended the addition of two new elementary schools and a middle school as a response to enrollment projections.

CBRE will only get paid by the landlord selling a building, and the district would not pay CBRE for services, Stark said.

The CBRE agreement is independent of the district's work to obtain the former Verizon Building at 5175 Emerald Parkway for alternative high school space, Stark said.

That building is owned by Emerald Parkway Valley Equity Group, and Board of Education members July 11 unanimously approved a resolution that would allow the district to file suit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to use eminent domain to obtain the building.

Superintendent Todd Hoadley said the district has not yet filed a suit and is still in discussion with Valley Equity.

"We don't know where that's going to go," he said of the attempts to obtain Verizon Building, and said the district's work with CBRE will help them determine additional options.

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