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Where is the money to demolish Helen Baker?

To the Editor:
Residents of Glencoe should understand that the $24 million GSL bond issue contains no provision for funding the disposition of the actual Helen Baker structure (i.e., demolition). The school board members and administration have simply averted their eyes from this financial responsibility. They have not even investigated the cost of demolishing the building, according to a recent conversation I had with Superintendent Sonju, Carver County resident.
Thus, should the bond issue pass, they are painting themselves into a corner of relying on some vague notion of selling the property. To whom and for what purpose? I am very concerned that the Helen Baker property would generate continuing issues of blight and public safety, thereby seriously degrading property values in that area of town.
The ethical solution here is for the school district to return the property to a clean site for redevelopment, similar to how the old Economart site downtown has been handled. The fact that not one nickel of that $24 million has been allotted for this purpose demonstrates to me seriously flawed planning by the school district on this project overall. Mine will be a “no” vote on this issue.
Daniel Perschau
Glencoe