Poland Village, school officials to discuss future of Union Elementary site
Representatives of the Poland Local Schools and Poland Village have scheduled a Thursday morning news conference to discuss new uses of the Union Elementary School building.
The 10 a.m. event will be held at the Riverside Drive site of the school which officials say has not been fully utilized since last June.
According to a media release, those speaking at the conference will discuss options for a new use of the facility, and no commitments have been made by village or school officials.
The Village of Poland 2021 Strategic Plan published last summer noted that there are high costs of maintaining the 84-year-old building that sits on 6.4 acres in the heart of the village.
Some ideas offered in the plan included the redevelopment of the site, building townhouses or luxury apartments there, or designating the site as historic.
Though the building is not officially designated as historic it has many historic elements including an original slate tile roof and a classical arch framing the main entrance.
Results of an online survey included in the strategic plan found that many residents want to find a suitable use for the school, opposing its demolition and expressing concerns about using the site for denser residential development.