Duluth School Board Hears Public Comment on Historic Old Central Sale

As the district nears the end of the sale process, on Tuesday they say they wanted to hear the public's thoughts related to the sale.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth School Board heard public comment on the future sale and relocation of the Historic Old Central High School downtown.

Last October the district entered into a purchasing agreement with “Saturday Properties” to redevelop the building into a mixed-income apartment building.

As the district nears the end of the sale process, on Tuesday they say they wanted to hear the public’s thoughts related to the sale.

Many members of the public spoke on where the educational programs inside would be relocated and what money from the sale would be used for.

“The district can’t afford this building so I agree with its sale,” said Loren Marten. “But that’s where my argument with what you are doing stops.

“I believe it would be more responsible to channel the money that we’re saving in maintenance in this building to meet the increasing maintenance needs of the district,” he said.

In 2019 the district learned they would need to invest more than $48.5 million in maintenance if they wanted to keep the building.

That is when they decided to list the property to ensure it’s properly reused and redeveloped

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