Since the Marshall school board renewed efforts earlier this year to get voters' permission to build a new elementary school, patrons regularly ask: Why not build it where the Marshall Plaza currently resides?
The location is adjacent to the high school campus and appears to have plenty of space. To many district patrons, it looks like the perfect spot.
But Miriam Felix, a property management representative for Marshall Plaza LLC didn't hesitate for even a moment when she was asked why the property couldn't be purchased for use as the location of a new school.
"Because we're not interested in selling," she said.
The property, located at the junction of U.S. Highway 65 and College Avenue, has a current market value of $3.266 million, according to current property records at Saline County Courthouse. That value is down from a high of $3.883 million as recently as 2005.
Felix said the company has owned the property for "at least 20 years," but that even if they were interested in selling, they'd want to do it when the property "at least had fewer vacancies." The company office is located in Cresskill, N.J.