- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - A project to repurpose a former Mandan school into affordable apartments can move forward now that a funding package has come through.

The Wisconsin-based Commonwealth Companies will continue with the $8.3 million housing project after receiving help from the North Dakota Finance Agency, The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/2gRPbgr) reported.

Commonwealth bought the property from the Mother Theresa Outreach, an arm of the Spirit of Life Catholic Church.

Construction is scheduled to begin in March and will include 39 units, six of which will be designated permanent supportive housing for those who have experienced homelessness. The plans also include a wellness center, chapel, community rooms and outdoor playground.

In September, the Mandan City Commission approved a loan of more than $83,000 and payments in lieu of taxes to help the project’s cash flow.

Mandan Public Schools sold the property in August 2012 to GPA LLC. After finding the project unfeasible, the property was donated to Spirit of Life.

The original building was constructed in 1917 and has since been modified with sections added.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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