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Former Grant Elementary re-zoning raises potential encroachment concern

The Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat character adorned a nook in Maureen Fretland’s kindergarten classroom at the former Grant Elementary School. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Re-zoning of some properties around the former Grant Elementary School has taken another step forward.

The Casper City Council voted on second reading to approve the changes on Tuesday, Dec. 3. They’ll need to do so on one further reading to make the re-zoning official.

David Dewald owns the former school properties and plans to redevelop some of them.

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However, Dewald said he had some concerns that the zoning issue was being tied up with a separate issue in regard to a Municipal Golf Course building abutting the former school property.

Dewald said there may be some disagreement as to whether the plot where that hut is located belongs to the city or himself.

He added that he didn’t think it was appropriate that section six of the pending Dewald Divide Agreement makes reference to the potential encroachment issue.

“It’s a cut and dry thing, we’ve got one piece of property, we’re going to cut it into three,” Dewald said.

Casper Mayor Charlie Powell said that he understood the section Dewald was referring to was simply a disclaimer stipulating that the encroachment issue would be settled in court should that encroachment dispute turn into an issue between Dewald and the City of Casper.

The plan for the properties is to surround the former school with commercial shops and residential units.

The three lots of the property include the school building, the outdoor playground area and a large hill, according to the council’s work packet.

The existing school building houses Miss Ashlee’s Childcare and Preschool and doesn’t require a zone change under the proposal. It will remain zoned as an Educational District.

The playground will be rezoned for General Business and the hill area near the former school will be re-zoned for High-Density Residential.

The entire property is 6.33 acres.

Grant Elementary School held its last day of classes in 2017 and is located at the corner of Oakrest and East 15th Street.

If you would like to contact members of the Casper City Council regarding this or any other issue, here is their contact information:

Mayor Charlie Powell (Ward II, Term Expires 1/5/21):

Vice Mayor Shawn Johnson (Ward II, Term expires 1/3/23):

Councilman Ken Bates (Ward II, Term expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Steve Cathey (Ward III, Term Expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Steve Freel (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):

Councilman Bob Hopkins (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Mike Huber (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):

Councilwoman Khrystyn Lutz (Ward I, Term expires 1/3/23):

Councilman Ray Pacheco (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):

Council members can also be reached by mail at: 200 N. David Street, 82601

If you would like to contact members in your specific ward, but don’t know which ward you are in, a map is available at the City of Casper’s website.