Horicon’s Van Brunt School sold

September 19, 2018

Horicon’s Van Brunt Elementary School has been sold for $1.6 million.

Action on the sale of the 97-year-old school was approved at Monday night’s Horicon School District board of education meeting.

Two companies offered to purchase the school in September. A special school board meeting was held last week to interview and review the written proposals made by Gorman & Company and The Commonwealth Companies.

Superintendent Rich Appel said in a phone interview Tuesday that The Commonwealth Companies’ offer of $1.6 million was selected over Gorman & Company’s $500,000 offer.

Commonwealth is planning on repurposing the school into 40 apartments, along with turning the gymnasium into an area to provide fabrication and machinery courses.

Van Brunt Elementary School, its gymnasium and land to the south occupy 4.83 acres. It will be vacated by the fall of 2020.

Appel said the school district is working with the city to have the property rezoned for multi-family housing and was told it would be put on the next available agenda.

“We are very excited about what this sale means to our district,” Appel said. “It will provide substantial additional funds to go into capital projects.”

Appel, board members and various community members will tour the grand opening of the Parish School Apartments in downtown Fond du Lac on Wednesday. That apartment complex, housed in what was once St. Mary’s School, is a recent example of Commonwealth’s work.

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