Town of Grand Lake buys former elementary school building
It’s officially official. The Grand Lake Elementary School has been formally transferred from the East Grand School District to the Town of Grand Lake.
The documents confirming the legal recording and transfer of ownership were sent on May 11. The Town of Grand Lake has been in discussions with the School District to transfer the property for several months as lawyers for both entities worked out the finer details.
The Town will now take on full responsibility for the facility and will be required to cover all future maintenance and utility expenses. The building has tentatively been named the Grand Lake Center. The name of the facility will come before the Grand Lake Board of Trustees for formal endorsement during their May 26 meeting.
The Grand Lake Elementary School became vacant after the East Grand Board of Education voted to close the facility in 2011. The Grand Lake Board of Trustees voted to approve the transfer in April.
The School District sold the property to Grand Lake for $10 and stipulated that the building cannot ever be used for K-12 education unless operated by the School District. Payment for the facility was made on Monday, May 18. Discussions about possible uses for the facility have been ongoing throughout the negotiation process.
“We appreciate all the hard work that went into the process and we anticipate much work in the months ahead to complete our business plan and to determine uses for the facility,” stated Grand Lake Town Manager Jim White.
Multiple uses have been proposed for the property including after school/Friday programs for kids, infant/preschool care, snowmobile/ATV safety classes and many others.
Grand Lake has developed a survey for folks to take to have their opinions heard. It is available on the survey hosting Web site Survey Monkey. You can take the survey yourself by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/futurefacilityuses and filling out the form.
Questions cover a wide range of demographic factors and issues related to childcare. Survey takers can choose among 18 different listed uses for the Grand Lake Center and can even suggest their own possible use if not listed in the survey. Survey takers need not be Grand Lake residents or property owners.
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