AMES SCHOOLS: Property Sold

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Ames Community Preschool Center will have a new home.

The childcare provider’s bid was unrivaled Friday morning for Ames Community School District’s Willson-Beardshear property.

According to ACPC Board president, Todd Tjaden, it only took the district 30 seconds to receive and accept the $170,000 bid on the 2.53 acre site.

The Ames school board decided to auction the building at 900 Carroll Ave. in December.

“There are a few things, like a kitchen and exits, we need to address to be up to code,” Tjaden said, “otherwise it’s a perfect space we can use ‘as is’ with the goal of being open in the fall, and maybe being ready for some summer programs.”

ACPC currently resides in several locations including the First Christian Church on Clarke Ave.

The sale is seen as a good outcome for the whole community according to Board Vice President Luke Deardorff.

“I’m very pleased to see that ACPC was the winning bidder for the property,” Deardorff said. “The organization provides a great service to our community and this property will allow it to be successful well into the future.”

This is the third land sale in recent months after the district decided to offload its unused properties after voters approved a $55 million bond project. Three new elementary schools will be built as part of the project with two others renovated.