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Council rejects offer on McKinley property
August 16, 2012 Jerry Purvis   

Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen The McKinley building, built in the 1920s, sits on an entire city block. The school was closed by the Gering Public School District in 1996. The district held onto the property until 1998, when it was auctioned to the Brashears. Since then, the building has been used as a warehouse for junk and acquired auction items. Several years ago, neighbors complained that a “fight club” was operating in the gymnasium.

After a 15 minute executive session, members of the Gering City Council rejected a counteroffer to purchase the former McKinley school property.

The city offered Bill Brashear, the owner of the property, $75,000 for the purchase. Brashear countered with $150,000, which was rejected. The county assessor has the property assessed at $72,051.
The Gering School District closed McKinley Elementary School at the close of the1996 s...

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