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School may buy old armory

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The McCook, Nebraska, Public Schools board of education will discuss, at its monthly meeting Monday, the possible purchase of the Nebraska National Guard Armory next door to McCook High School.
(Connie Jo Discoe/McCook Daily Gazette)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook, Nebraska, Public Schools board of education will discuss the possible purchase of the former Nebraska Army National Guard Armory at its monthly meeting Monday, at 6 p.m., in the junior high board room.

The property offers an opportunity that comes around "once in a hundred years" for the school district to purchase adjacent property.

After a closed session, board members will give Superintendent Grant Norgaard direction to submit a sealed bid on the armory property at 404 W. Seventh.

"Once in a hundred years" does a school board have the opportunity to purchase adjacent property that has so much potential, board president Tom Bredvick said Thursday morning. If the tall fences were removed on the north and west, the areas could be used for additional parking at the south end of the high school, he said.

The interior has rooms that could be used as classrooms, as well as a kitchen and an adjoining cafeteria seating area.

The gym could be used for practice, taking pressure off the district's other gyms, Bredvick said.

The basement-level garage and mechanic's bay once housed tank maintenance and repair areas, and would be a natural fit for school buses, or even auto mechanics or small engine repair classrooms, he said.

The school district now has properties not adjacent to school properties, such as the LIFT alternative education classrooms on North Highway 83 and the bus barn on West Q, either or both of which could be housed at the former armory, Bredvick said.

"The armory property fits well with a lot of odd uses for the school," he said.

Bredvick admitted that the yard looks "a little tough," but he added, "give Chris Wallace a couple months and it'll look great." Bredvick continued, "Negatives include the sloping hill, and an odd-shaped lot," but, he said, he could still see the possibilities and potential in the property next door to the high school.

National Guard functions have been relocated to the new U.S. Armed Forces Readiness Center east of McCook.

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Good decision...nuff said.

-- Posted by Rural Citizen on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 1:41 PM

It is a good location but just remember 2 things:

1. The National Guard relocated for a reason.... if the building was sound, it wouldn't necessarily make sense to build new.

2. The cost to renovate & repair is much higher than the cost to build new.

That being said, it does make sense, so long as the unseen costs are taken into consideration.

-- Posted by Nick Mercy on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 10:07 PM


That building has gone through many renovations during the past ten years, new windows, updated heating a/c etc. A good sound building, unlike the old TRW building for the Reserves, old old old. Made sense to combine the 2 units into one modern building, (Reserves needed a new place) that fulfills all the requirements for the modern Army.

-- Posted by goarmy67 on Mon, Aug 8, 2011, at 9:18 AM

I don't discount that Wondering, its kind of a generic blanket statement really, "let the buyer beware". However, I doubt the facility will be utilized as it sets; therefore, if it's changed, it must be brought up to code..... That can be an unexpected cost with the greatest of repercussions.

-- Posted by Nick Mercy on Mon, Aug 8, 2011, at 8:12 PM

The construction of a new armory in McCook was not prompted because this one had outlived its useful life. It was part of a nationwide effort to modernize the national guard outfits. The purchase of this building is an incredible opportunity for the school system.

-- Posted by jbmmom on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 4:34 PM

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