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Donated Omaha house listed at $120,000

Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 12:06 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 14, 2014 12:18 p.m. CDT

In December, a house was donated to Creston Library Board to be used toward raising funds for their Lincoln-to-Library project.

The house — donated by Edwin and the late Virginia (Stamper) Van Surksum — is located in west Omaha. The ranch home with a one-car garage was recently listed with a real estate agent for $120,000.

“It’s been on the market since early February,” said Ann Coulter, president of Creston Library Board. “There have been a couple calls about the house already. The house is in a nice residential part of west Omaha. I think it will sell fairly quickly. He (Edwin) has had other rental properties in that area sell quickly.”

This house is the second large donation from the Van Surksum family.

Edwin donated the house because his deceased wife both attended and taught at Lincoln School and “when she learned it may become a library she became rather excited.” Edwin said he’s trying to follow through with her wishes for Lincoln School to become a library.

All revenue from the sale of the house will go directly toward the Lincoln-to-Library project.

That project — estimated to cost $1.8 million — includes moving the library from its current location on West Howard Street to the Lincoln School building on West Jefferson Street.

The $1.8 million raised would go toward renovating the old school building to include space for a cultural center, social networking areas, technology training centers, conference and community rooms, children area, teen zones, quiet study and group study area.

However, the board has only raised $400,000 since starting fundraising four years ago.

In February, the board signed a contract with Marketing Kinetics — a strategic marketing firm from Lamoni — hired to help the board in their Lincoln-to-Library fundraising efforts.

They’ve agreed to pay the firm about $2,500 per month for their services. They will pay the firm out of the $400,000 already raised.

This is the second marketing firm hired by the board.

However, Mandy Kolesik, president of Marketing Kinetics, told the News Advertiser she’s not like the last firm.

She said she will be visible, help the board develop a vision, find pockets of money for the project and also find champions in the community to help assist in the capital campaign.

Kolesik said she will run an “extremely aggressive” campaign that will launch sometime in the fall.

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