Old Nacogdoches Coors facility to house vocational center

Nacogdoches County Judge Joe English
Nacogdoches County Judge Joe English

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The contract was signed today to buy a building for a new technical school in Nacogdoches.

The former Coors Light Distributorship facility was purchased at a cost of $500,000. Planners say it's cheaper to renovate than build new.

"It's a facility that's been in Nacogdoches for a while. Part of the assessment was to look at, would it be cheaper to buy an existing building and renovate it or try to purchase some land and build a building?" said Nacogdoches County Judge Joe English.

Here's the comparison, according to planners. It would cost $5.5 million dollars to build the facility from the ground up. The cost to retrofit a building is roughly $3.6 million dollars.

"There are two particular grants that we intend to apply for that will enable us to do work, so it won't be a burden on the taxpayers and we won't be asking taxpayers for additional money for this funding," said English.

The building sits on four-and-a-half acres. It's easy access off of U.S. Highway 59. Planners want it to be convenient for buses from area high schools and to all students.

"Well, travel expenses and the convenience. Of course, the ISD wouldn't be able to take advantage of something in another community. By and large if the student wants to stay then there will be an opportunity for them to stay," said NEDCO Chairman Ed Pool.

An environmental and asbestos study has been ordered and should begin by July 12, with the closing the following day.

The Nacogdoches Technical Training center renovation is scheduled to begin next year with operations beginning in 2012.

Angelina and Panola Colleges will provide instructors and curriculum.

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