Horicon City Council Approves Rezoning Of Van Brunt Elementary

(Horicon) The Horicon City Council Tuesday night approved a zoning change for the Van Brunt Elementary School, which will be turned into residential apartments after the school closes. In April, voters approved a $22.9-million referendum to build a new elementary school next to the high school. The apartment project is being undertaken by Commonwealth Development Corporation of Fond du Lac, after purchasing the structure for $1.6-million dollars. Vice President of Development Kevin McDonell says the company is excited about the project, which will preserve the historic features of the century-old building, in some cases even keeping the chalk boards and wooden floors. McDonell says older buildings surprisingly cost more to renovate but those costs are offset by securing historic tax credits. The zoning request approved yesterday changes 611 Mill Street from Single Family Residential to Multi-Family Residential. The changes will take effect as officials update the city’s Comprehensive Plan in coming months. Educational facilities are often times zoned G-1 Industrial, but the school predated the existence of that designation. Van Brunt Elementary will be officially vacated in the spring of 2020 and construction on the conversion to an apartment building is expected to begin shortly thereafter with a completion date in 2021, exactly 100 years after it was built.