Renew Partners/JCI Contractors proposes to reuse previous pairings for Geneva BOE

August 4—Renew Partners LLC, in partnership with JCI Contractors, is in the middle of a busy, busy year.

Shawn Neece and Charles A. (Chuck) Borsukoff, founding members of Renew Partners LLC, a development and management company focused on adaptive reuse redevelopment in Ashtabula, Lake, Geauga and Cuyahoga counties, lead and the planning of several projects.

Renew and JCI have several projects underway, but most recently they presented a proposal to the Geneva Area City Schools Board of Education.

Renew and JCI want to reuse the former Pairings building as the site for the Board of Education’s new headquarters.

The proposed nearly $1 million turnkey sale includes a complete renovation and addition at 50 Park St., Geneva, which will be built specifically for the school board.

According to the proposal, the completion date is estimated to be May 2023.

“This will be a fantastic state-of-the-art building that will fit the needs of the BOE at a compelling price,” Neece said.

Borsukoff said: “The reality is that with construction costs, time is on no one’s side and we do everything we can to hold our price [at $989,000]but as time goes on it gets harder.”

Renew and JCI provided the Board of Education with digital renderings of a finished floor plan and exterior renderings.

Other plans were proposed at the hour-long school board meeting on July 20, but they had budgets in the millions and move-in dates spanned two years or more.

“I think the Forny/JCI proposal is the best choice for the school district,” Neece said.

A decision by the Geneva Board of Education has not yet been made.

Other Renew/JCI projects in the pipeline include:

—The new TownePlace Suites by Marriott for the SPIRE Institute in Harpersfield Township. The employees plan to go vertical with the hotel before the end of the month. Passers-by can see the underground and the foundation is almost complete.

—Castle Block on Center Street in Ashtabula will be completed by late fall. The project includes new apartments, renovation of commercial space, house demolition, landscaping, car park and building development. With a $4 million price tag, the project is being financed by Erie Bank along with state and federal historic tax credits.

The leasing of the retail space is going well, and Neece is particularly excited about the new, modern apartments that will occupy the second floor and some of the first floor of the building.

“It’s been a long time since new apartments have come downtown,” he said.

—Carlisle’s project is on hold until the fall when Renew/JCI hears if they were awarded a Brownfield Remediation Grant they applied for from the State of Ohio.

This $20.4 million project in downtown Ashtabula includes four buildings: three that were part of the Carlisle-Allen Co. department store and one that was the Masonic Temple.

Most of the space has been vacant for more than 20 years. Redevelopment plans call for the complex to be converted into more than 100 affordable senior apartments, as well as a fitness center, common room and storage space for tenants.

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