10/10/2013 12:41:00 PM Developer to Discuss Historic Kasson School
On Wednesday October 16 at 11:30 AM real estate developer Clint Jayne from Cohen-Esrey Real Estate Services will conduct a public meeting to discuss his experience with rehabilitating historic buildings and his interest in the historic 1918 Kasson School. He will be accompanied by Craig Milkert a structural engineer with the Collaborative Design Group. The meeting will be held in the State Theater in Kasson, MN at 221 West Main Street. Free popcorn will be served to all attendees!
Prior to the meeting Mr. Jayne and Mr. Milkert will tour the school. In May of 2013 Mr. Jayne offered the City of Kasson 225,000 for the school building. The school's National Register listing makes the building's adaptive reuse costs eligible for state and federal tax incentives as well as other funding sources.
The placement of the 1918 Kasson School on the National Register of Historic Places in December 2007 by the National Park Service was a proud moment for all of Kasson's citizens. Designed by architect Nels Jacobson Jr. of Owatonna, MN, the school won praise soon after it was completed. In May 1919, Mr. S. A. Challman, inspector of school buildings, stated: "there is nothing equal to it in the state in the way of completeness and architectural design." In the years since, the school continued to serve, educate and inspire many generations of the school district's citizens. It remains a major part of the area's historic heritage and the pride of its citizens.