UH to acquire Fuchs Mizrachi property
On April 16, University Heights City Council voted to approve, on second reading, a purchase agreement with The Leonard and Susan Fuchs Mizrachi School. The purchase price of $600,000 will be paid on a three-two-one schedule, with $300,000 due at closing. The vote was 6 to 1, with Vice Mayor Frankie Goldberg abstaining due to a conflict of interest.
University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld said, on April 27, that she expected to sign the contract “in a week or so.” According to Ken Fisher, law director, the last steps (including title search) are in process, and should be completed soon. After that, the mayor will sign the contract.
Mayor Infeld said, “I am very happy that the city will own the last large remaining green space in University Heights. Although my preference is to use the space as a public park, I will appoint a citizens committee to make recommendations about the use of the property.” Asked about next steps, Infeld said, “I anticipate that the citizens committee will begin meeting in May, and will likely make recommendations to the city council later in the summer.”
At a March 12 town hall meeting, most in attendance expressed support for purchasing the property to create Saybrook Park. A show of hands indicated 40 in favor of the park, and 3 not in favor. Infeld explained that the purchase would be funded with a portion of the $1.3 million revenue surplus generated by the city in 2011, and carried over into 2012.
Kim Sergio Inglis
Kim Sergio Inglis is editor-in-chief of the Heights Observer.