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More houses to be sited on Gering property
May 22, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Crews place modular housing components to be assembled at the site of the former McKinley school building, adding the city’s housing stock. The project to bring in the modulars was postponed because of wet ground condition due to recent rain.

Only two lots remain for sale as a City of Gering project to build housing at the site of the former McKinley school building continues to go up.

Twin Cities Development is helping administer grant funding for the project, which had 10 lots for sale once the old school was demolished. The Gering High School construction class has built two houses and plans to build two more during the upcoming school year.

“Four lots have been sold for private development so local developers will be building houses on them,” said TCD Executive Director Rawnda Pierce.

Gering Mayor Ed Mayo said the city council approved sale of the lots for $8,500 each under the condition the purchasers had one year to finish a house on the lot.

Pierce said the city and TCD hope to schedule an open house in early June to showcase the houses and show the public how the block is returning to residential use.

Bob Anderson, who teaches the construction class at Gering High School, said his class has almost completed the two houses it was building on the site. Some materials are on order and finish work will be completed soon.

“This project worked out really well for both the developers and the school,” Anderson said. “The skills the kids are learning will help them in the future as they continue their education.”

Anderson said that former class members have gone into construction management or construction. Others are employed in maintaining apartment complexes and commercial buildings.

“The kids that have gone on to take construction management in college have done really well,” he said. “They already have the applied basic skills under their belts, so they know the terminology and processes involved in building things.”

Anderson said the construction is very fluid and things change, but he plans to build another two houses with his class on the McKinley site beginning this fall.
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