Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Deaf and Blind School acreage could sell

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2006 at 3:11 PM

Leslie Newell Peacock of the Arkansas Times reports:

Two doctors want to buy 10 acres owned by the state School for the Deaf and School for the Blind, which is set to consider the proposal today at 4 p.m. in the Gym of the school for the Deaf. A proposal to buy the acreage, where the former Easter Seals headquarters is located, several years ago for development touched off a controversy in the neighborhood, and was not approved by the boards of the schools.

School for the Blind Superintendent Jim Hill said Easter Seals would like to sell its building. He was told the doctors weren't interested in developing the acreage. He couldn't identify the doctors, but psychiatrists Les Smith and Tad Tillemans now operate the Aavalon Clinic in the Easter Seals building.

Hill isn't crazy about the idea of selling off the buffer zone between school property and the neighborhood to the north. The earlier proposal to buy the land offered $650,000, of which only $182,000 would have gone to the state.

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