Future Of Tech Now In City's Hands

Future Of Tech Now In City's Hands Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - The St. Cloud City Council unanimously approved a letter of intent to transfer ownership of Tech High School and the media services building to the city.

The transfer of both properties wouldn't happen until the St. Cloud Area School District would be out of the buildings.

District 742 plans to move into the new Tech High School at the start of the 2019 school year, but the media services building could be vacated earlier.

Council member George Hontos was concerned about holding costs on the vacant Tech, like insurance and maintenance expenses.

"When we do this transfer, obviously there is a potential that we can be holding that property until it's developed, and we should have a budget for that cost of holding it."

After some discussion about the importance of transparency during planning, Hontos thought the city's plan was sufficient.

The city plans to hire a consultant for an approximate cost of $25,000, to help identify what would be the best fit for the neighborhood and the city.

Mayor Dave Kleis says the consultant and the city will work with the neighborhood during the planning process.

"The goal for us, I think it's important for the neighborhood and for the community to know what's going to take place there, what type of development, before the school actually vacates."

The city is hoping to start the development planning phase this winter and have it completed by the end of this summer.

Last year a real estate company appraised the value of Tech at $890,000 and the media services building along Highway 23 at $1.3 million.

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