ops4 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (9/16/13) – The Owensboro Public School District is poised to move forward with plans to develop a regional career and technical education center upon today’s closing of the sale of the former Texas Gas property at 3800 Frederica St., to the school district for $3 million. The property, which is being purchased from Riverfront Jam, LLC, has been assessed at a fair market value of $10.5 million.

“The completion of the purchase of the Texas Gas/Boardwalk building and grounds is providing us with a unique opportunity to create a regional career and technical education center that will allow us to align course offerings and training with the workforce needs of this community,” said Nick Brake, Superintendent of Owensboro Public Schools.

“We have been in discussion for several months with regional school districts as well as with the Owensboro Community and Technical College to explore the development of a secondary school center focused on career and technical education for the Owensboro region that will also partner with postsecondary programs,” Brake explained. He said that there has been very positive feedback from potential partners for a future career and technical center.

“This center will provide countless opportunities to engage and prepare students to have successful and productive careers aligned to the Owensboro regional workforce needs. With Kentucky’s new mandatory attendance being raised to 18, it is critical that we have a variety of programs in place to retain these students in a productive way,” Brake added.

A purchase agreement for the facility, which was recently vacated by Boardwalk employees when they moved to their new office building in downtown Owensboro, was established in September 2012 with Matt Hayden representing Riverfront Jam, LLC. Since that time, the Owensboro Board of Education has spent considerable time researching possible uses for the building.

“The purchase of this property is an outstanding value for our district. We could not have found a better location for a career and technical center that would serve 9-12 grade students from this region,” said OPS Board Chair Nancy Eskridge.

For the past year, the district has been working with architect Craig Thomas with RBS Design Group who has also enlisted the Matrix Environmental Group, LLC, to assess the needs for retrofitting the building for possible school uses. Thomas and district staff members have been working with the Kentucky Department of Education to assess the condition of the building and to determine the extent of such issues as asbestos.

“The Texas Gas office building and property are a perfect fit for re-purposing into a regional career and technical education center on many fronts. Ease of retrofit, location, space, and serviceability all work great.” Thomas said the building’s air quality meets EPA standards for occupation as shown by recent air testing.

Thomas has had considerable experience with school facilities throughout the state. All known environmental issues can continue to be managed until renovation, and then remediated during renovation. “It is a wonderful opportunity to create a fantastic learning environment that can be second to none. Based upon our experience, we believe that renovation of this building is a cost effective alternative to new construction and a very exciting project to be a part of,” he said.

Thomas gave the school board a $1.5 million estimate to remediate the environmental problems in the building.

“With the closing of the purchase of the 162,000 square-foot building and 32 acre property, we have a rare opportunity to create something that is greatly needed in this region using an iconic piece of architecture that has a special place in the history of Owensboro,” said Brake. “Even with the cost of building modifications, this is an excellent investment not only for our own students but for those in this region and for the future workforce.”  

The facility can serve 400 to 500 students for the proposed use. When complete the recommendation and plans will be submitted to the Local Facility Planning Committee and subsequently to the Owensboro Board of Education and Kentucky Department of Education for approval.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Janet Suwanski

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

One Injured When Dump Truck Overturns

WEIR, Ky. (8/31/15) ― A Greenville man was injured, when his dump truck ran off the road, hit a ditch and overturned… Read More

Evansville Man Faces Multiple Drug Charges

HENDERSON, Ky. (8/31/15) — According to a Henderson Police Department report, on Aug. 31, 2015 at 2:03 a.m., officers… Read More

Most Read This Week

August 27, 2015 4792

All is Well after MNHHS Lockdown

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 31, 2015 3742

Man Convicted of Hopkins Countian's Death Granted…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 3656

UPDATED: 'He Fought the Law ... but, the Law Won'

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 26, 2015 2868

Man Charged with Theft, Meth, Marijuana Growing

by SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 2451

Kentucky Career Center Blood Drive Aug. 31

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

August 06, 2015 17541

Muhlenberg Woman Reportedly Suffers Violent…

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 11597

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

August 31, 2015 3742

Man Convicted of Hopkins Countian's Death Granted…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 1460

Smoke Fills Business, Upstairs Apartment on Center

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 1144

Fire at Gas Pump Prompts Firefighters Swift Action

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 31, 2015 1118

Bremen's Father's Country Hams Kentucky Grand…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 31, 2015 693

Man's Threats Result in Evacuation of Adjacent…

by SurfKY News
August 31, 2015 582

Faith and Politics

by KET
August 31, 2015 562

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
August 31, 2015 550

One Injured When Dump Truck Overturns

by SurfKY News
August 31, 2015 482

Dawson Springs Police Reports Released

by SurfKY News
August 31, 2015 417

KSP Conducting Death Investigation of Inmate

by SurfKY News