Although in the early stages of planning, we are excited to hear the potential use for the former East Junior High School building.
Situated in the East End of East Liverpool, the former school building - last used as administration offices for the district - and its surrounding land has been in the hands of the city since an exchange of properties took place with the district.
According to Councilman Scott Barrett, the former East Campus may be used as a municipal youth complex.
The Hometown Organization for Youth Athletics, Academics and Achievement (HOYA) has approached the city about use of the facility not only for athletic events, but plays and musical performances, art and academic events, and activities such as camps, clinics, training and "anything that adds to the advancement of our area youth," according to city employee Harry Emmerling, who proposed the idea to city leaders.
It appears to be a win-win scenario for the city and our communities as HOYA would assume responsibility of creating and maintaining the useable space and equipment, as well as other costs above the city's current financial obligations for the property. In fact, a timeline for the facility's repairs, upgrades and use already has been presented to council.
Our area needs this type of facility for our children, and we commend Emmerling and his group on seeing the need and putting the wheels in motion to get it done.
It's our desire that the city, HOYA and the school district can work together to make it happen.