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Editorial: East Willson deal good for both buyers and Bozeman

Editorial Board

  • Stephanie Pressly, publisher
  • Nick Ehli, managing editor
  • Bill Wilke, opinion page editor
  • Bob Eichenberger, finance director
  • Daniel Larson, community member
  • Jim Hamilton, community member
  • Wendy Blake, community member
  • Marily Wessel, community member

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Bozeman school officials and Jim and Lois Syth, owners of Bridger Builders, are to be commended on putting together a creative transaction for the sale of the East Willson School. The deal rids the school district of what was becoming an expensive albatross, preserves the historic building and creates a high-end residential component to the downtown area.

The Syths agreed to purchase the school and the land on which it sits for $334,000. The sale price is just a third of what the 40,000 square feet of land is estimated to be worth. But the sale precludes the razing of the building and asbestos removal from the site that would have cost an estimated half million dollars. And under that scenario, a century-old landmark would have been lost.

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