POSTED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 9:14pm
Kilgore, TX — Gregg County commissioners tabled a proposal to help Kilgore demolish an abandoned school Monday on news the city might win a federal grant to clear the site for housing.
Monday’s non-action was the latest in a series of steps, and some missteps, in Kilgore’s plan to replace the shuttered Dansby School with housing proposed by an Austin developer seeking tax credit status to lure investors.
Kilgore’s contribution to the tax credit application submitted by developer Herman & Kittle is the $193,000 cost of clearing the site. The old school, which was closed in 1969 when the school system was integrated, also needs asbestos abatement.
“Something has come to light,” County Judge Bill Stoudt told commissioners. “There may be some federal assistance in rehabbing this property.”
Stoudt spoke before a motion could be made on sending $23,700 to Kilgore for the county’s 12.3 percent interest in the Dansby land and building.
Read more on this story from KETK newspaper partner the Longview News-Journal.