Civic center board proposes lease agreement to school

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Benson’s Civic Center board is continuing to work on an arrangement with Benson Public Schools that would allow it to renovate the facility’s north end for gymnastics as well as other athletics.

At Monday night’s board of education meeting, Civic Center Board Member and School Board Member Bill McGeary presented a proposal that would have the school lease the north end for 20 years. The starting cost would be $63,000 a year, but a 2 percent annual increase would be built in to the agreement.

With the 2 percent annual increase, the last lease payment would total $93,615 with the total lease payments over the 20-year term coming to $1.62 million.

Those lease payments would go toward paying for $446,000 in improvements to the north end. Further, if the school district were to accept the Civic Center board’s offer, McGeary said it would reimburse it for $245,000 in expenses it lost when the possibility of using the facility for gymnastics fell through last year. Those costs include $158,000 to Kranz Construction, $52,000 to Architects Rego + Youngquist of St. Louis Park, and $35,000 to the City of Benson for leasing the facility...

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