Gift of Land for Foundation

posted Jun 21, 2013, 5:53 AM by webmaster district   [ updated Jun 21, 2013, 5:58 AM ]
The DeKalb Central school district has gifted part of the former site of McIntosh School to the Community Foundation of DeKalb County.  The foundation plans to build a new office on the land.  Students at DeKalb New Tech explored the best use for the land and recommended locating a multi-use community building at the site.  In front, from left, are foundation Executive Director Wendy Oberlin, foundation secretary Holly Albright, foundation president Marcia Weller, New Tech teacher Nacy Irwin, New Tech student Montana Sebert and DeKalb Central schools Superintendent Sherry Grate.  In back, from left, are developer Don Steininger and Mike Ley of Signature Construction, who helped students with their research, New Tech students Jacob Good, and Chase Alley, DeKalb Central school board president Jay Baumgartner and New Tech director Matt Toth.
Foundation given new home
Will build office on site of former McIntosh gym 
The Community Foundation of DeKalb County plans to build a new office on part of the former site of McIntosh School on South Main Street.  The DeKalb Central school board approved donating the land to the community foundation at Tuesday night's regular board meeting. The donated property includes a vacated stretch Fourteenth Street and land north of it. It previously was home to the McIntosh Gym and parking area.  December, the school board assigned DeKalb New Tech students to explore conceptual possibilities for the use of the property. Students worked with community partners to determine the best use for the land. Tuesday, students presented their findings and recommended using the land for a multi-purpose community building.  Community foundation Executive Director Wendy Oberlin said the foundation plans to construct a new office at the site and will include meeting space that will be available to other organizations.  "We have been using other people's meeting space since day one," Oberlin said. "Every meeting we have is somewhere else. We can really tell the importance of having the space available."  Funds to build the office will be donated. The foundation expects to formally announce its building plans late in July.  "We'd like to start construction in the fall and open in the spring," Oberlin said.  The facility will be named The Steininger Center for Community Foundation of DeKalb County, according to a resolution approved by the school board. The donation of land will be made to the center, which is a subsidiary of the community foundation. Also in the resolution, the DeKalb County Fair Board has first right of refusal to receive at no cost, an area bordering Thirteenth and Cedar streets behind where the community foundation will be constructed.  "The board is excited to give back to the community," said school district Superintendent Sherry Grate. 'We feel it is benefiting the educational community."  In its resolution, the board noted students and patrons of the district are benefactors of the foundation through scholarships the foundation awards. "The board was really looking at what is the best use of the property that would be able to give back to the community for many years to come," Grate said.  "The school (district) is really excited to make the gift to the community foundation. They
understand our place in the community. They understand how important we are to the community. That's a real compliment to us," Oberlin said. 
Article from The Evening Star on 6/19/13 - Written by Kathryn Bassett,