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Public hearing set for sale of Lincoln School

Published: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 10:58 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 11:11 a.m. CDT
Rich Madison, new Creston city councilman for ward 2, left, is sworn in Friday evening by Creston Mayor Warren Woods prior to a special meeting at the restored Creston Depot.

Creston City Council voted 4-0 Friday evening to set a public hearing to sell Lincoln School in Creston.

The public hearing is slated 6 p.m. Aug. 19 in the council chamber at the restored Creston Depot. New councilman Rich Madison — sworn in prior to the special meeting — Dave Koets, Gary Lybarger and Randy White voted in the special meeting Friday evening. Ann Levine, Nancy Loudon and Marsha Wilson were absent.

Mike Taylor, city administrator, said Friday an Omaha development company has made an offer of $10,000 to buy Lincoln School. The company wants to refurbish the old school into elderly housing — similar to housing that exists currently at the Iowana Hotel in uptown Creston. A spokesman from the development company will be in attendance for the hearing Aug. 19.

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 News Advertiser will have more on this story next week.

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