Somerford Township trustees have purchased a building that formerly served as a church and an elementary school.
The former Somerford Grade School on state Route 56, which also served subsequently as the home of a Christian-denomination church, was purchased for $85,000.
Somerford Township Trustee Bill Laney said the purchase of the building and more than four acres of ground was funded through the township’s general fund.
Laney said the trustees have hired an architect to conduct a feasibility study to determine uses for the structure and the lot on which it’s placed. Laney said it possesses many amenities, which could make it an ideal township meeting place.
After London City Schools consolidated into one elementary school, the school district rented the building to the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy to conduct classes. The classrooms received some electrical upgrades at that time.
While the building was in the ownership of the church congregation, a commercial-grade kitchen, new heat pumps and air conditioning units were installed.
“It’s had a lot of updates already,” said Laney said.
Laney said looking to the future, the trustees would like to be able to house a medic unit and a fire engine, if it fits within the feasibility study results.
The school was constructed in 1939.
Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 17 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.