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Lead Central School complex gets rezoned

November 23, 2018

LEAD — A proposed project to breathe new life into the former Lead Central School complex is moving forward once again as the property has been rezoned for residential use.

“That school area is zoned commercial at this time,” City Administrator Mike Stahl said at Monday’s commission meeting. “We believe it was zoned commercial at one time because it was going to be presented as a tax increment financing area, and at that time would only be for commercial businesses.”

Stahl explained that a new buyer, Robb Schlimgen of Rapid City, is currently in the process of purchasing the property with the intention of remodeling it into residential housing units. The area, located at 121 Wall St., had to be rezoned in order to secure funding for the project. Three buildings sit on the property, all of which will be included in the scope of the remodel, though the priority will be to convert the old school rooms into livable spaces.

“He has indicated that he intends to use all of the buildings there for one purpose or another,” Commissioner Don Mack added.

Schlimgen declined further comment at this time pending closure on the sale of the property.

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