In negotiation

Cuyahoga Community College is in negotiations to purchase the First Christian Church property on Center Road which would allow the college to expand its Brunswick University Center.

BRUNSWICK – Representatives from Cuyahoga Community College say plans are in the works to expand the Brunswick University Center in the near future.

School officials say Tri-C has entered into negotiations with Brunswick’s First Christian Church and its 3-acre property located 3611 Center Road.

“Tri-C is in negotiations to acquire the church property through a third-party leasing corporation,” said John Horton, media relations manager for Cuyahoga Community College. “Given the site’s proximity to the Brunswick University Center, the purchase secures the land for a potential expansion in the future to increase academic and workforce training opportunities for the community.”

Brunswick University Center opened in 2011 as an extension of Tri-C’s Western Campus in Parma and offers associate degree programs, a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice through a partnership between Tri-C and Tiffin University, and course credits earned at the center transferable to numerous four-year schools.

As for the church, which has been a part of the Brunswick community for the past 180 years, the congregation has been steadily shrinking and now has approximately a dozen members.

Low attendance and an aging building, church officials say, are the reasons the property was put up for sale several months ago.

Details regarding Tri-C’s expansion plans have not yet been released.

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