By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — After being on the market for almost two years, the vacant Howe School, 18000 Oakwood Blvd. was sold to a local businessman and pharmacist.
Nazih Jawad of Dearborn agreed to purchase the property with plans to transform the space into a senior citizen living facility or nursing home.
With the purchase, Jawad is responsible for all repairs and renovations to the property including the ongoing asbestos abatement issue the building has.
He paid the district a $20,000 nonrefundable deposit for the 10-acre piece of land which sits across from Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn.
The decision was made during the Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education meeting Oct. 10.
Also during the meeting, the board passed the property sale 5-0 with Trustee Joseph Guido absent and an early departure by Trustee Mariam Bazzi.
Howe School was previously used for a variety of reasons, including an education program for disabled students, paid-preschool and a kindergarten-through-fifth-grade Montessori school.
Students from the former school were moved to Dearborn Public Schools Dearborn Heights campus in 2014.
The Heights campus building, which is attached to the Michael Berry Career Center, was a middle school in the 1970s when Dearborn Public Schools owned the building.
It was then turned into a Henry Ford College campus before being turned back to DPS last year.
Renovation was done to the bathrooms, playgrounds, for safety and security and adding or improving access ramps for accommodating special education students.
A sale price was not released, but Supt. Glen Maleyko said money possibly will be used for adding space to the district’s Heights campus.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)