Developer Krog Corp., which specializes in adaptive reuse projects, has acquired the former Orchard Park Central School District Administration Building, which will house an expanded presence for the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES vocational educational program.
Krog paid $1.14 million, through R.J. Gullo Properties, to buy the 50,752-square-foot former Baker Road Elementary School complex at 3330 Baker Road in Orchard Park. Krog officials could not be reached to comment.
Located on the front portion of a sprawling 26.8-acre property between Milestrip and Michael roads, the brick facility has 21.12 acres of vacant, wooded land behind it and is zoned to allow for multi-family housing. The building includes a gymnasium, cafeteria, classrooms and administrative space. It was sold at a public auction in January after being listed for sale for $1.295 million.
Originally built in 1976 as a school, it had been occupied by the Orchard Park School District as its administrative offices since the late 1980s, until the district moved to a new building on Southwestern Boulevard two years ago.
BOCES has occupied about 40 percent of the single-story building for the last decade under a lease that expired in June but renewed its contract and will now occupy the whole building, said Joseph Deck of Realty-USA Commercial, who handled the sale.
BOCES, which has alternative- and special- education programs at both the Baker Road facility and at the Southside Academy building at 300 Gleed Ave. in East Aurora, will now consolidate those programs at Baker, moving about 39 students and 25 staff members to the new space, which has 76 students now. There will be no other impact on either teachers or students, who will receive the same services as before, said BOCES spokesman Joshua Gregory.
“It allows us greater flexibility in programming,” he said. “It’s the same programs. They’re now just going to be housed in one building rather than two.”
The organization’s career- and technical- education programs will remain at Southside, along with the district’s administrative offices and its sports conditioning and exercise science program. BOCES will continue to maintain its full technical and career center at the Ormsby Educational Center across from East Aurora High School, as well as special-education classrooms at the high school.
Erie 2 BOCES serves 27 districts in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties and a sliver of southern Erie County, with 2,019 students.
“This gives us the ability to meet any needs of students that would traditionally go to Erie 1 BOCES,” Gregory said.