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):
- (307) 577-6042
Vice Mayor Shawn Johnson (Ward II, Term expires 1/3/23):
- (307) 337-5057
- (307) 277-7377
Councilman Ken Bates (Ward II, Term expires 1/5/21):
- (307) 473-1247
Councilman Steve Cathey (Ward III, Term Expires 1/5/21):
- (307) 262-8237
Councilman Steve Freel (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):
- (307) 259-1276
Councilman Bob Hopkins (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):
- (307) 472-1837
Councilman Mike Huber (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):
- (307) 266-4188
Councilwoman Khrystyn Lutz (Ward I, Term expires 1/3/23):
- (307) 359-3673
Councilman Ray Pacheco (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):
- (307) 258-1226
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.