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Published May 14, 2012, 10:06 PM

GF School Board Makes Purchase For More Parking Downtown

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The Grand Forks School District is working to add more parking downtown for Central High School.

The Grand Forks School District is working to add more parking downtown for Central High School.

Monday night the school board approved a $385,000 purchase for property along North 5th Street.

After demolishing the building, the land will provide about 38 parking stalls in a surface lot.

With that property and other purchases along North 5th Street the school board has approved this year, there will be close to 200 new parking spaces for the school.

The purchases will save the school district money from leasing spaces from the city in the parking garage downtown.

"Right now, this year, we're currently leasing 165 spots in the ramp. And we'd probably reduce that to at least 100," business manager Bill Hutchison said.

Hutchison said other property owners in the area have contacted the school district about selling their land as well. He says this means the school district will most likely meet Central's parking needs without having to build a parking ramp.

Hutchison said he could not reveal the exact location of the property along North 5th Street because of a verbal agreement with the owner. The owner has renters and the purchase is contingent on the owner being able to use the sale to qualify for an IRS approved exchange for tax savings.

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