The school cited low enrollment figures that were exacerbated by COVID-19.
Though students no longer take classes at the university, its campus remains in tact. In an effort to bring the property back to life, commercial real estate firm CBRE placed it on the market. There is no list price for the property.
CBRE’s Anne Rahm and Todd Greiner are marketing the campus for sale on behalf of the owner, Franklin University.
“The Urbana campus listing is a rare opportunity for both educational and institutional users as well as investors looking for a unique redevelopment opportunity,” said Rahm, Midwest regional manager for CBRE’s Public Institutions and Education Group.
For more on the campus, visit the Dayton Business Journal.
The new owner, Raj Vangaveti, said he plans to be opening “any day now” as St. Paris Shoppers and Grocery. The store will include fresh produce, meats and other traditional fresh grocery items, Vangaveti said.
In addition, a familiar favorite spot, the ice cream parlor, will be open seasonally.
“I came from a small town in India,” Vangaveti said. “Growing up we did not have a grocery store for miles. Many of us did not even have cars to commute and it was extremely difficult to get everyday supplies. Sometimes I had to bike for miles to get a gallon of milk or a packet of bread.
“I have decided and have been looking for the right opportunity to join a small community and help with everyday needs,” he said. “I am incredibly happy to find the right opportunity in St. Paris. I am very eager and excited to be part of this small friendly community.”
Initially the store will provide customers with a fully featured grocery store that will include fresh food like milk, eggs, bread, coffee, hot chocolate, fresh produce, fruits, frozen food, meat, beer and wine. It will also have candy, soda pop, paper towels, bathroom tissues, diapers, pet food, automotive products, tobacco, cigarettes, lottery and other items.
“A unique, upscale, and innovative environment will be provided to the customers with a friendly atmosphere,” Vangaveti said. “Our store will differ from the traditional grocery store because of our added personal touch.
We are planning to add a gas/fueling station in near future. There will be a common sitting area where the customers can get deli meat, pizza and fried food. We will be planning to reopen the ice cream parlor in the summer.”
Vangaveti said he believes that the responsibility for customer satisfaction is not focused solely on the sale of a product, but rather is the total relationship a customer experiences when interacting with the organization. “We believe in honesty and truth in all transactions and in providing products of the highest quality and at fair prices. We should do everything possible to provide outstanding service in marketing the products we sell.”
Vangaveti said concern for people gives the store the drive to be a good corporate citizen.
“We believe we have a responsibility to be a good neighbor in maintaining our property in first-class condition and by making the appearance of our store, facilities, equipment, and grounds as attractive as possible, making them an asset to the communities that support our store.”
The campaign includes an intense training session for all employees, and a firm understanding and commitment to deliver these pledge points, he said.
Hours of operation for the store will be 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Checks and all major credit cards will be accepted. “Food stamp policy along with other policies will be in place once we open the store,” Vangaveti said.
After several months without a police chief, the St. Paris Village Council voted to hire a full-time chief during Monday’s regular council meeting.
Eric Smith of Bridgeport will earn a salary of $47,500 a year as defined by the village handbook.
There will also be a “Canine Care Allowance” of $6,235.32 a year.
Smith begins his duties on May 1, according to information from St. Paris Mayor Brenda Cook. A probation period will last until Nov. 1, at which time the mayor with the village’s safety committee will evaluate performance and recommend to council permanent appointment or dismissal.
Previous articles in the Daily Citizen noted the Mechanicsburg Public Library and the Champaign County Library and its North Lewisburg branch are distributing the free at-home tests.
The state has secured the purchase of at least 2 million tests that can be self-administered outside of a clinical setting. The new Abbott BinaxNOW Home Test can be provided to individuals for at-home use and is packaged with a telehealth session to oversee test administration, including prescription writing and result reporting. The state’s objective is to make rapid testing much more broadly accessible throughout the state.
These tests are provided at no cost by the state of Ohio in partnership with eMed. Patrons may request a test for themselves as well as up to four family members.
Once home with the test, you will need internet access and either a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop with webcam. Using the NAVICA app (available for iOS or Android) or https://ohio.emed.com, answer a series of questions to prepare for a free online session with an eMed proctor who will provide instructions for taking the test. The entire process will take 15-30 minutes.
Test results will remain available in the NAVICA app for 7 days and can be used to return to work, school, for traveling, or other occasions when a negative test result is required.
To request a test kit, call the Main Library at 937-653-3811 Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. or Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. You may also call the North Lewisburg Branch Library at 937-747-3043, Monday-Wednesday, 4-8 p.m. or Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Champaign Economic Partnership Board of Trustees has elected two new members – Jerome Armstrong, as financial representative, and Brad Winner, leisure/entertainment representative. And Lynette Moody serves as the CEP’s new administrative assistant.
“With the CEP I look forward to assisting in the continued growth of Urbana and Champaign County to help businesses create more opportunities for citizens, including our younger generation, and attract more families to live in our community.”
CEP board member and treasurer Dave Snyder has changed from serving as the board’s finance representative to at-large member.
He moved back to Urbana in 2017 with his wife, Samantha. He serves on the Champaign County Arts Council board and is active at Faith Tabernacle Church.
“Bringing industry and entertainment to Champaign County is a top priority to me,” he says. “Rural areas in Ohio are in a revitalization period and our area has had some amazing people working to steer us in the right direction. I’m thankful to be asked to help build on their achievements.”
Mechanicsburg, OH – Mechanicsburg Public Library now has a new service available on the SEO Libraries app. The Curbside Click & Collect service is a safe and convenient way for patrons to pick up “on-hold” items. Patrons can wait in their vehicle while a member of the staff brings the items out to them – no phone call necessary!
To begin the process, download the SEO Libraries app for iOS and Android. Search for an item you would like to borrow and click “Place Hold.” Once the item has been retrieved or delivered, the item will be labeled as “BEING_HELD” under your list of current holds in My Account. You will see a button for Click & Collect above your holds. Tapping that button will begin the process. Next, enter your information to help the staff identify you when it’s time to bring out your items. The optional fields are vehicle make, model, and color, plus an option to receive a paper receipt. Select > I’m On My Way when you are headed to pick up your items. Allow for either GPS tracking or select an ETA option. Tap > I’m Here! when you have arrived. Receive status updates as the staff prepares and brings out your items. When you have received your items, hit > Done to complete the transaction. For more information, call the library at 937-834-2004 or watch this video.
Mechanicsburg, OH – In an effort to continue community support during the pandemic, Mechanicsburg Public Library is excited to provide free COVID-19 at-home tests through curbside pickup beginning March 9, 2021.
The Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 rapid antigen tests are self-administered nasal swab tests. Provided at no cost by the state of Ohio through an agreement with eMed, they can provide test results in as little as 15 minutes.
To use a test kit, you must have access to the Internet and either a smart phone/tablet with a camera or a computer/laptop with a webcam. Once you get home with the test, you will go to the website https://ohio.emed.com or the NAVICA app (available for iOS and Android). You will answer a series of questions to prepare for a free visit with an eMed proctor who will provide instructions for taking the test. The entire process will take 15 to 30 minutes to complete and receive results.
Anyone can access a free test during operational hours. Patrons may request more than one test (with a limit of five tests per family) and won’t be asked for any personal information. However, patrons will be asked not to take the test at the library. Other than providing tests for pickup, library staff will not be able to help with administering the test in any way.
To request a test, please call the library at 937-834-2004 during open hours of Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Saturday, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Library staff will bring your test(s) to your vehicle or a designated pickup spot.
This service is available at Mechanicsburg Public Library thanks to support from the Ohio Department of Health and its partnership with Abbott and eMed to bring rapid, reliable testing into the home. To see a full list of locations providing COVID-19 tests, visit https://ohio.emed.com.
Stacy Cox, director of CCDJFS, which includes OMJCC, said that the Champaign County commissioners offered OMJCC the opportunity to move into the new office space, formerly used by the Madison-Champaign Educational Service Center, near the Board of Elections.
The agency accepted the invitation to move into this new setting and reconfigure it to modernize OMJCC’s services. Amy Sherman, OMJCC workforce supervisor, added that new technology, including video conferencing equipment, is being installed, supported by modernization funds provided by the State of Ohio for OhioMeansJobs sites across the state.
Due to COVID-19, an open house is not being planned at the new location, Sherman said. But a virtual tour of the new OMJCC offices is being created. The OhioMeansJobs Champaign County Facebook page will announce when the virtual tour is ready for viewing on CCDJFS’s website.
Sherman and Andrea Mitchell, OMJCC employer services representative, will maintain offices in the new suite, which will also include:
In its new location, OMJCC will continue to serve employers and jobseekers as a central point of access for employment, training and related workforce services provided by several area agencies and service providers.
Employer services include:
Jobseeker services include:
For more information, contact OMJCC at 937-484-1581.