Bus company buys Jennings school building

Saturday, March 11, 2006

JENNINGS -- Connoisseur Worldwide Inc., a California and Arizona bus company, purchased the Jennings school house for $150,000 on Friday.

Owners of the company toured the school in Jennings March 1 with an eye on buying it for a bus distribution center.

The company rents buses to cities, 60 percent of which are located on the East Coast.

Buses will be sent there at the end of their three- to five-year lease periods for repairs and/or rejuvenation before being leased again.

The school shop will be used for parts and the gym for a showroom. The parking lots and practice field would be paved for bus parking.

The company is also buying 320 acres of land northwest of town for a landing strip to bring in buyers, equipment and supplies.

The venture may create 12 to 20 jobs. Company representatives inquired about the possibility of buying homes in Jennings for employee housing.

The company has already purchased 240 acres south of Oberlin from a private individual.

The school will close this spring. An Internet advertisement selling the school buildings -- deeded to the City of Jennings and the Jennings Heritage Foundation -- caught the eye of the California-Arizona bus company representatives.

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