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Oberlin considers three plans to develop former Green Acres site


OBERLIN — City officials are examining three proposals to develop the 15-acre site of the former Green Acres orphanage.

Gary Boyle, director of planning and development for the city, said the city received three submissions from developers after a request for proposals was published. The submissions are under preliminary review, and the three firms will be interviewed in early December, he added.

“After we’ve had the opportunity to review those potential developers, we’ll have a better sense of what fits with what we’re interested in seeing occur on that property,” he said.

Green Acres, which served as the county’s orphanage from 1900 to 1995, was demolished by the city in September 2012 after it was purchased from the county at a cost of $265,000.

The city paid for demolition from the 0.7-percent portion of the city’s 1.9 percent income tax that is dedicated to capital improvements. Nearby residents were polled, and the majority of them wanted to see park land on at least some of the property, according to poll results.

In September 2012, the city also was considering developing a portion of the property into homes or for commercial uses.

Boyle did not give specifics on the proposals, and he could not be reached for further comment on Friday.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.

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