Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 26, 2013 @ 11:42PM
Created on February 26, 2013 @ 10:42PM
The city of Morgantown has the opportunity to buy four acres of land for what one council member called "a steal of a price". During a meeting Tuesday, council discussed the possibility of buying the building and land where Woodburn Elementary currently sits.
The board of education has offered a sale price of $490,000 over seven years for land that normally costs around $1 million an acre in that area.
Woodburn Elementary School will be closing down in April, and many residents have met and decided they want the city to buy the building and land. Not only do they consider the property a legacy, but residents feel their property value would increase. Their idea is that students from other schools could use the property for sports, instead of traveling to Mylan Park.
The Boys & Girls Club, mentoring services, social services and other groups could also take advantage of the space. Council member Ron Bane suggested using funds from the Sunnyside Up Project to buy the land, while Jenny Selin proposed asking legislators for the first payment. Council reminded each other to keep in mind the building is 100 years old and won't be cheap to upkeep.
"I think that this is just a great opportunity and I'm very excited that some people in Morgantown, I believe the city council will look forward to doing this and to making a better place for a residence," said Nancy Ganz with the Suncrest Neighborhood Association.
Council has until April 1st to let the board of education if they're interested.
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