Wellington Junior High building sale falls through for at least year; board refuses to consider demolition bid

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Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down Birdfan · 373 weeks ago If it comes to sale for demolition a bond need put up to cover any mis-step in lead/asbestos cleanup and property cleanup. I do not know this company but some will strip copper/brass, and sale-able architectural items then leave a contaminated mess of asbestos lead and unstable walls etc. Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 373 weeks ago They turned down guaranteed money for a “maybe next year”? It’s hard to say much about the demo. bid since we don’t know what amount it was for. But why not retain ownership of the property, have it demolished, and use those funds to turn the property into a nice park with restrooms that could also be used by the tennis courts, and covered ‘shelters’ similar to donut bay? The city plays way too many games with “what might be”. Report Reply 2 replies · active 373 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Larry · 373 weeks ago It would seem to me, with all I have heard and read that the demolishing of the old school would be a big mistake. The school has a lot of history and I have seen to many old and historic buildings demolished over the years, not only in Wellington but other places around the country. It is important to save history. I only hope that they look at all other ideas, before they decide to just tear it down. Report Reply 2 replies · active 373 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Boner · 373 weeks ago I suspect the School Board will get jerked around for years trying to unload this old building. Why not get a good bid to knock her down, including the asbestos and the fact that it is built like a fortress and should have never been abandoned in the 1st place. Make the site a park/parking lot for the Football/Baseball fields. Recruit some volunteers, Ill be first in line, build a multi purpose builing on the site for dressing rooms and maintenance. Save the bricks for the new building and side walks. Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Jim Miller · 373 weeks ago We really need to come together and help USD 353 unload this property. I really don’t want to see it demolished and we no longer have the cram packed stadiums of the glory years but do see hope in our future. Sell it to a motivated group of investors wanting to help out our city. Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down 1965 · 373 weeks ago Tracy: What change did the USD #353 School board make at this meeting in reference to the “weighting of grades” for Top 10, Valediatorian,etc. I watched the school board meeting on tv and you did not mention at all on your website Report Reply 1 reply · active 373 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A deal for Garrison Properties of Prairie Village, Kans. to purchase the Wellington Junior High building and turn it into apartment complexes appears to have fallen through – at least for a year.The Wellington school board learned from Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss at tonight’s school board meeting that the company did not garner enough points in its financing application to qualify for governmental housing tax credits and therefore will not be purchasing the junior high building this year.Gary Hassenflu did tell Weiss the company would be interesting in looking into trying the whole process over next year. In the meantime, the Wellington school board had received an unsolicited sealed bid from an unnamed company who wanted to purchase the building and then demolish it for parts.The board didn’t like that idea, not so much because of the proposal but because the bid came in unsolicited. USD 353 Board president Jackie Berryman did open the sealed bid at the meeting, but she did not comment on how much it was or who from.As for the apartment development, Hassenflu was hoping to build 42 units, targeted toward families, which would contain several amenities including off-street parking, on-site leasing office, tenant storage, a new central heat/air unit(s) and various household appliances.The tentative name for the project was “The Old School Lofts.” The apartments are proposed for one bedroom costing tenants $450 a month; two bedrooms for $550, three bedrooms for $650.Hassenflu had visited the Wellington City Planning Commission and City Council and had their approval.last_img