Franklin School groundbreaking

Representing entities helping to make the Franklin School renovation possible, are, from left, Diane Schobert, of Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago; Larry Lightfield, of Bremer Bank; Brett Gerber, of Impact Seven; Marie Steenlage, of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation; Lisa Marks, of the Wisconsin Department of Administration; and Joan Hansen, of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. The project is now nearly complete after first breaking ground in July 2015.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for the renovation of Franklin School into apartments.

Almena-based Impact Seven is responsible for the $4.6 million project, which will have 12 units in the school and eight townhouse units built additionally on the Main Street property.

Franklin School, built in 1937 was used until it closed in 2003 due to mold issues. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places this spring. The designation and intent to be used for low-income housing helped the project gain numerous tax credits and special financing from several entities represented in the photo above.

“This building is an ideal workforce development housing project. It is located within 3  blocks of major manufacturing, retailers and much more,” said Gerber. 

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