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The Fine Arts Association and Andrews Osborne Academy Finalize Land Transfer Agreement
WILLOUGHBY, OHIO – July 8, 2014 – History was made when The Fine Arts Association and Andrews Osborne Academy signed documents finalizing a land transfer. “Thanks to a great relationship between both the boards and administrations of our two organizations, we are able to execute an agreement that benefits the community, as well as our two institutions,” said Fine Arts Association Board President Jason Wuliger.
With the new land transfer agreement, The Fine Arts Association acquires the land the building currently sits on as well as the property between its building and Mentor Avenue, for a total 4.475 acres. Andrews Osborne Academy gains the parking lot that used to be subject to the lease, and will have exclusive use of it as soon as a new Fine Arts lot is completed on the other side of the building. Plans to break ground for the new lot are scheduled for this August with an expected completion date sometime in November.
For the first time in our history, patrons of The Fine Arts Association will have direct access to our facility from Mentor Avenue,” said Linda Wise, CEO of The Fine Arts Association, “Our new land independence will enable us to provide easier access to our building for all, and especially for those with physical disabilities. As presently situated, the drop off and handicap parking are not ideally located, but the land transfer and parking lot construction allow us to fix that.”
“Andrews Osborne Academy is pleased to support the Fine Arts Association with the land transfer agreement and looks forward to the enhancements that will be made with the new parking access,” said Head of School Dr. Larry Goodman.
The Fine Arts Association’s current 35,000 square foot home, located at 38660 Mentor Avenue in Willoughby, was constructed in 1971. At that time an agreement was struck between the former Andrews School for Girls and The Fine Arts Association, leasing the land on which the Fine Arts building sits, from Andrews.
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