Mayo: Public Schools, Habitat for Humanity to hopefully construct McKinley homes

Gering Mayor Ed Mayo says he is hoping to get the public school system and non-profit volunteer organizations involved in the building of homes on the old McKinley school property.

The plan to build ten affordable homes on the square block that includes the 100 year old school is moving forward after the Gering council and the property owner Bill Brashear agreed last week on a $90,000 purchase price.

Mayo says with the help of a $470,000 grant the state will hopefully verify soon, the city plans to build ten homes on the block in a three year period. Mayo says he would like to see Gering high school students build two or three homes, Habitat for Humanity construct at least one and other organizations become involved in the affordable housing.

Mayo says cleanup of the east side of the property for future construction will begin in the spring while asbestos abatement and eventual removal of the old school building is completed. The remainder of the housing will be done once the school is removed.

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