(St.Joseph,MO) The St. Joseph Landmark Commission is planning to address the St. Joseph School district about the future of Humboldt Elementary.
Both Humboldt and Lake Contrary Elementary will be closed at the end of the school year. The district administrators said the Lake Contrary building will be kept vacant, but the Humboldt school building will be sold.
According to Vice Chairman of the Landmark Commission Patrick Squires, the commission will soon be presenting the school district with a letter of recommendation, requesting the district only sell the building to buyers that intend to preserve the historic building.
“It is a center point of that neighborhood. It would be like cutting the heart of that neighborhood out to just get rid of this building that has been there over 100 years and has been a part of the history of St. Joe,” Squires said.
Squires feels that the 100 year old structure could be a community asset if properly preserved.
“One of the futures of St. Joseph centers around historic preservation and tourism for the city. If the city is thinking in that manner than they could easily be a part of that,” Squires said.
The school district has plans to sell the building after the conclusion of the school year, but has not yet listed the property with a real-estate broker.
Squires said the commission will also be considering plans to suggest to city council that the city purchase the property if the district is unresponsive to their requests.