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Omaha developer wants to purchase Lincoln School

Special Creston City Council meeting slated 4:30 p.m. Friday at restored Creston Depot.

Published: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 7:32 p.m. CST
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Lincoln School
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Agenda for Friday's special meeting. Lincoln School is located at 1001 W. Jefferson St. in Creston.

An Omaha development company wants to purchase Lincoln School in Creston.

That is the reason a special Creston City Council meeting has been scheduled 4:30 p.m. Friday at the restored Creston Depot.

City officials said this evening the Omaha developer wants to purchase Lincoln School so they can refurbish it into elderly housing — similar to housing that exists currently at the Iowana Hotel in uptown Creston.

City officials have not yet disclosed how much money the company has offered for the old school building and land. More details are expected to be publicized at Friday's special meeting.

Of course, this possible purchase is unwelcome news for Creston Library Board who is in the middle of fundraising efforts to transform Lincoln School into the city's new library. They've currently raised about $400,000 of the estimated $1.8 million needed for renovations.

The special meeting Friday will ask the council to vote for or against setting a public hearing to sell Lincoln School to the Omaha company.

City officials said new Creston councilman Rich Madison, representing ward 2, will be sworn in prior to this special meeting and will be able to vote.

Creston News Advertiser will have more on this story in Friday's print edition.

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