Board unanimously votes to accept purchase agreement

Gage East Sale

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Gage East building in Rochester is one step closer to being off the hands of the school district.

The Rochester Public School Board unanimously voted to accept the purchase agreement presented to them.

Duluth-based Center City Housing Corp. is planning to develop the old school into an affordable housing project.

Many residents and school board members felt the need for something like this.

“We know we have almost 300 students in our district that are currently homeless and sitting in our classrooms every day, so we’re hoping that if this does go through that maybe some of our students will be able to find permanent housing there,” said Superintendent Michael Munoz of the Rochester Public School District.

The project still needs city council approval because it would require rezoning the property.

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