Future of Kemper Academy Still in Air

1 decade 2 years 6 months ago Monday, October 31 2005 Oct 31, 2005 Monday, October 31, 2005 8:14:09 AM CST October 31, 2005 in News

Wednesday, University President Elson Floyd visited the site, but his spokesman says the university does not have plans to use the space.

The city is seeking out tenants to occupy the century-old complex. Residents are getting anxious to fill the space.

More than 150 years of history lie vacant in Boonville. It's been that way since 2001.

"It's going to be something sooner or later, wouldn't it be better to be something productive," Someone said.

Paula Herring's husband attended Kemper.  She hopes it's tradition will live on.

"We actually still have until this day alumni, or old boys as they're called pull up in front of the school and not know that it's closed," Paula Herring said.

After four years of being locked up, those we talked to who live around Kemper say they can't wait to get a new tenant in this space.

"It seems like several of the citizens don't want anything there because of bad memories of situations with Kemper, and it would seem productive to have someone in there, someone that would be productive for the city," Herring said.

But even four years later there are still no deals to buy or lease the property. Boonville's mayor pro temp says it's all a matter of time. Boonville's mayor pro tem says the old buildings need some major renovations and clean up before they can be re-occupied.

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