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Maintenance at Former Parker School Cost City Nearly One Hundred Thousand Dollars; City Looks for Redevelopment of Property


Ever since Parker Elementary School was closed by the Cortland Enlarged City School District back in 2019 the former school has sat empty with hopes of redevelopment come and gone due to costs.

The City of Cortland, though, hopes that development at the former school will come as it has been reported that that City has spent nearly $100,000 in the past year on maintenance of the building.

Recently, the Parker School ad hoc advisory committee met to discuss future opportunities for the vacant building and has recommended that the city issue a Request for Proposals from those interested in taking over ownership of the building for redevelopment.

Those who would be interested in taking over the property would have to show a resume of previous projects they’ve done, plans for the reuse of Parker School, potential business or residential tenants, and a proposed purchase price of the property.

Proposals for the property would be sent to the advisory committee before making recommendations to the Mayor and Common Council.

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