CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cuyahoga County plans to buy the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's Harvard Garage for $3.8 million.
Legislation to buy the vacant facility at 2501 Harvard Road in Newburgh Heights will be introduced Tuesday at Cuyahoga County Council's meeting. RTA trustees approved the sale on Oct. 24.
The purchase is part of the county's efforts to consolidate properties and will maximize management and operational efficiencies, the county said.
The county's Public Works Department intends to consolidate operations from three buildings owned by the county - the sanitary engineers building on West Canal Road in Valley View, the road-and-bridge garage on York Road in North Royalton and the fleet-services garage on Brookpark Road in Cleveland.
Those moves will bolster the budget of tiny Newburgh Heights, which lost $92,000 a year in payroll taxes when RTA left.
The 193,175-square-foot Harvard Garage is on 18.46 acres and was built in 1995.
RTA vacated the service garage in September 2010 and moved operations to its remaining two garages in Cleveland and East Cleveland, a move that was expected to save $5 million a year.
RTA began marketing the building in 2011. In 2013 the county agreed to lease space in the garage for storage. The county spent $219,000 this year to store furniture and documents at the garage.
The property was appraised at $4 million, so the county will also agree to provide $200,000 in maintenance services to RTA.
The money for the garage will come from the county's general fund, which will be reimbursed 70 percent from the sanitary fund and 20 percent from the road-and-bridge fund.
Once the county relocates employees, Newburgh Heights will receive about $176,000 a year in payroll taxes, according to other legislation to be introduced at Tuesday's council meeting.
Council will consider an agreement with the village in which the village will pay the county $1.1 million over 12.5 years for relocation costs. That amount is equal to 50 percent of the payroll taxes that will be generated by county employees over that time, the legislation says....Read more