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City Council votes against opening new charter school downtown

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Nexus Academy would have opened in the heart of downtown at Jefferson and Huron. Nexus Academy would have opened in the heart of downtown at Jefferson and Huron.

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – Toledo City Council rejected a charter school's plans to open downtown this school year.

Nexus Academy was expected to open in September, but after City Council narrowly rejected their special use permit Tuesday, plans are at a standstill.

"It's unfortunate, but from a council standpoint: it's over with," said Toledo City Councilman Mike Collins.

Plans for Nexus Academy in the Lake Erie Building downtown will have to wait. In a 6-4 vote, council voted down the permit because of its proximity to six convenience stores.  

Councilman Collins voted in favor of the charter school and says the nearby store locations are not a legal issue.

"In other areas of the city it would play a role, but it has no bearing whatsoever on the downtown or entertainment district," said Collins. 

The city planning director explained the special requirements rule only applies to convenience stores trying to open 1,000 feet from a school that has already been established. 

"To me, it was a situation where there is no lawful reason to say no," said Collins.

In addition to the school not be allowed to open, the issue cannot immediately be reconsidered by council.

"Under charter, it cannot be brought back for another 12 months," said Collins. 

Collins says the school would have been added value to the city. 

"I think it sent the wrong message quite frankly to anyone, not just charter schools who want to put a business in," said Collins.

Nexus would have been the first blended charter high school in the city, which meant students would have been in the classroom four hours daily and then continued their courses online.

Nexus representatives say they will try to work with the city to determine the next step.

Calls were placed to council members who voted against the permit, but they could not be reached for comment. 

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