When a 1920’s elementary school came back into the city’s hands, it was the city’s responsibility to find a use for the building. After searching many options, including turning the building into a small business incubator, office space, or mothballing, it was decided that selling the building would be the best move for the city. An investor was found who had previously converted schools into upscale apartments after securing a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Many conversations, meetings, and negotiations later, the project and agreement were brought before the Marion City Council and approved unanimously. The building has been listed on the State of Kansas as well as the National Register of Historic Places and is currently under construction/conversion. The project was completed in early 2016.

It is important to note that this building is dear to many local residents’ hearts since many attended grade school there, among other reasons. It was with special care that the city selected this investor to preserve this building for future generations. After careful review of the investors plan and past projects, it was determined our building will remain a part of our community for years to come.

Another factor was our town’s need for rentals and apartments. It had been communicated through our local real estate agent, that rentals in our community are in very short supply and that rentals are a need that must be addressed for our community to continue to grow.

Through this project, the community receives:

  • A substantial need in rentals addressed;
  • A building near and dear to citizen’s hearts preserved
  • A local building listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places
  • $40,000 payment to the city for the building after paying $1 to purchase originally
  • Around half a million dollars invested directly into our community
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