City of Branson agrees to sell old high school property to affordable housing developer

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The city of Branson announced the Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday to sell the old high school property to a contractor who intends to build multi-family attainable housing.

According to a news release, the city of Branson will sell the 2.56 acres at 300 S. 6th St. to Lifestyle Contractors LLC for a total of $50,000.00. Lifestyle Contractors LLC intends to use the property to construct and manage its housing project which could include up to 65 units.

“While $50,000.00 may seem like a low number, that property is loaded with asbestos,” said Mayor Larry Milton in a news release. “The last estimate we received to remove it was $250,000.00. It is currently an eyesore and a safety hazard. We have tried many times to try to find a developer for this piece of property. This Board and I feel like this is the best decision for our City. This will get rid of blight and bring in some much-needed family housing."

A lack of affordable housing has long been a hot button issue in Branson.

Ralph Green is a business reporter with the Springfield News-Leader. Contact him at RAGreen@gannett.com, by phone: (417-536-4061) or on Twitter at RalphGreenNL

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