Ottumwa Schools – facilities update

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OTTUMWA— Superintendent Davis Eidahl updated the Board of Education on district facilities at Monday’s Board work session.

The sale of the Wildwood Elementary School building “fell through,” he told the board. Eidahl was notified recently by Frantz Community Investors that the building did not qualify for historic tax credits. These credits would have assisted in the conversion of the building into apartments. The company is no longer interested in the building at this time.

Eidahl also reported that the district is finalizing an agreement with Nash Finch to purchase the former grocery store building at 522 N. Hancock on Ottumwa’s south side. The building will be renovated into the administrative offices, which will also include offices currently located on Gateway Drive. Warehouse storage will also be moved to the Hancock location. He told the Board that a December 1 closing is anticipated with renovations completed by summer.