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With local media standing by, Jason Murray, executive director of Alexandria Area Economic Development Corporation, outlined the proposed redevelopment of the Jefferson High School site in Alexandria on Wednesday. Echo Press photo by Amy Chaffins

News conference outlines future options for Jefferson High School site

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The Alexandria Area Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) held a news conference Wednesday morning outlining what could become of the Jefferson High School (JHS) site.


Next fall, the newly constructed Alexandria Area High School will open leaving the current, 44-acre JHS site open for future use.

During the news conference, it was revealed that the space could be developed for future use by medical, medical service and manufacturing industries.

However, it all hinges on funding through the state legislature's bonding bill.  It's estimated that it will cost the Lakes Area Economic Development Authority (LAEDA) about $2.9 million for property acquisition, building demolition and hazardous material abatement. Formally, the LAEDA would buy and develop the property.

Project details and comments from the AAEDC board and JHS owner, Brent Smith, will be in Friday's Echo Press.

Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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