Old Kasson school has some interested prospects


KASSON — Developers are giving a lot of attention to the city’s 1918 school building after just eight days of being listed, a Realtor told the Kasson City Council this week.

Kathy O’Malley of Counselor Realty of Rochester told the Kasson City Council Wednesday that there are developers interested in purchasing the 1918 school building in Kasson. The building was listed Nov. 1 and will continue for 90 days.

She said she has talked to two developers from Rochester, “really big players out of the Cities,” and a man from Faribault.

O’Malley said she is hosting an open house this month for developers interested in the building. Bonnie McDonald, Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, will attend the open house and talk to the developers about the 20 percent state and federal tax credits that might be available to future owners of the building interested in its historic preservation.

Copies of the draft Environmental Assessment Worksheet on the old school were given to council members for their comments. The EAW will then be reviewed by various agencies before it is complete. The completion of the EAW is the last step the city must take before demolishing the building, if council members still choose to do so.

The council will meet again at 6 p.m. Nov 22 at City Hall.

Gretta Becay is a freelance writer.
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