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November 25, 1994 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-11-25

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kiva Hebrew Day School's the building but said that it is not
board of directors has tak- on the sale block.
"A number of day schools are
en another step in their
quest to find more space currently reviewing their space .
by voting to accept a local devel- needs and we have had some con-
oper's offer to purchase their versations about that," Mr.
Davidoff said.
building for $1.35 million.
ME building tenant Darchei
Akiva's board preSident, Dr.
David Beneson, said the board Torah is in the same bind as Aki-
agreed Nov. 16 to accept the of- va. With an ever expanding stu-
fer with a contingency that the dent population, the Orthodox
school will be able to occupy
the building until July 1997.
The buyer, a developer,
also has a contingency that
a zoning change be passed by
Lathrup Village in order to ac-
commodate his proposed de-
velopment.
The board also formed a
committee to locate a build-
ing to suit present and future
needs of Akiva. The commit-
tee narrowed the future site
to the Southfield-Oak Park
area but is willing to look into
surrounding communities.
"We don't want to exclude
anything, but with our demo-
graphics we want to stay in a
specific area," Dr. Beneson
said.
None of the local school dis-
tricts in question now have
buildings for sale. Southfield,
Oak Park and Berkley are us-
ing all of their buildings.
Birmingham is considering Barry Eisenberg: Hunting a building.
the future of two elementary
schools but currently has
day school has outgrown its rent-
nothing for sale.
Akiva plans to have a fund- ed space at AJE.
However, Darchei Torah re-
raising effort once a suitable
building is found. "We want to cently suffered a setback in its
find a location as soon as possi- quest to find a larger, more per-
ble," said Barry Eisenberg, Aki- manent home when its bid of $1.3
million for a former Birmingham
va's executive director.
One building that Akiva has elementary school was rejected
reportedly looked at is the 12 Mile in favor of William Beaumont
Road location of the Agency for Hospital's $1.5 million offer.
Jewish Education. The former
United Hebrew Schools building,
owned by the United Jewish
Foundation and the Jewish Fed-
eration of Metropolitan Detroit,
was home to Akiva before the
move to their Southfield Road site
in 1981.
The 35,000-square-foot facili-
ty on five acres of land currently
Sol Lachman, volunteer chair-
houses Hebrew Free Loan, Michi-
gan Jewish AIDS Coalition, man of fund-raising, said the
Darchei Torah and the AJE of- school recently bid on another
fices. The building was con- school building but would not say
structed in 1969 to house the if it was the ME building. He an-
United Hebrew Schools, which ticipates a response to the offer
within two months.
dissolved in 1989.
"We are still raising money and
Mark Davidoff, chief financial
officer of Federation, said that a we are still looking for a build-
Federation committee is study- ing," he said, adding that the
ing the future use of the building. parents of students have con-
He could not confirm or deny that tributed $260,000 to a building
any organizations are bidding on fund. ❑

When a building
is found,
a fund-raising effort
will begin.

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