Waldo, Florida invites creative solutions for old school building

The City of Waldo seeks citizen input for alternative uses of the now-closed Waldo Community School — a longtime local landmark owned by Alachua County’s school board boasting recent maintenance upgrades, kitchen space and meeting facilities.


The City of Waldo, Florida seeks citizen input for alternative uses of the now-closed Waldo Community School — a longtime local landmark owned by Alachua County’s school board boasting recent maintenance upgrades, kitchen space and meeting facilities.

Interested parties are encouraged to submit a letter of interest for projects utilizing all or part of the campus, especially initiatives that would directly benefit the community by providing employment, goods or services, entertainment or development.

Waldo urges constituents to think outside the box for this potentially exciting project, but to adhere to county and state regulations. Plans should not disrupt the building’s core structure and will be subject to approval by the school board. The building offers 15 classrooms, a cafeteria and kitchen totaling 2,200 square feet, an auditorium, storage and miscellaneous rooms.

Individuals or organizations are asked to include the following vital elements in their letters of interest: a detailed plan of the proposed usage; a description of the plan’s benefits to the city; proposed start and estimated lease terms; an outline of modifications required; financial assistance requests, and additional financial figures pertaining to rent, utilities and maintenance costs.

Waldo City Manager Kim Worley has requested aspiring entrepreneurs or community leaders with ideas to send their letters of interest to her at P.O. Drawer B, Waldo, FL 32694 and/or visit the website waldo-fl.com for more information on the school.

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