by Ken Palmer, Lansing State Journal
ST. JOHNS – The Board of Education on Monday approved the sale of a nearly century-old former school building to a Lansing developer who vowed to keep part of the facility in public use.
Board members voted unanimously to accept a $50,000 offer by Dymaxion Development to buy the Wilson Center, which served as both a high school and middle school and now houses the school district’s alternative education, preschool and child care programs.
Dymaxion proposed building up to 72 housing units in the building and said it would allow the public to continue using the Wilson Center’s gym and auditorium under yearly leases of $1.
The company’s proposal is the best fit for the district, in part because it will preserve the massive building on West Cass Street and keep it in community use, board members said.
“Everything I’ve heard has been in support of the Dymaxion bid,” board President Scott Darragh said.