Columbus' task: Sell old school in weak market

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — The Columbus Municipal School District is ready to move forward with plans to divest itself of an empty middle school.

Lee Middle School was vacated in January when students moved to the new Columbus Middle School.

But real estate experts tell The Dispatch that the 96,350-square-foot property could be on the market for quite a while.

One problem: While most agree the property is in a valuable location, near the Highway 82 bypass, some say it’s going to be a challenge to sell because its best use is what it was — a school.

A local real estate broker says he can envision high-end condominiums or a hotel there. But he notes that the building would need extensive remodeling, an expensive proposition in a weak real estate market.