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Longfellow Building could be saved by museum's offer

EVERETT — The possibility that the century-old Longfellow Building may be saved to become the future home of the Everett Museum of History is taking another step forward.
Superintendent Gary Cohn told the museum group it can proceed in making a purchase and sale offer for the closed-down building and its nearby annex. That negotiated offer could be put before the school board for confirmation as soon as early May, museum director Barbara George said.
An anonymous donor is putting up $3 million for the building.
The group would open up parking by taking out the nearby annex building, George said.
The school board postponed a vote to hire a demolition contractor to tear down the Longfellow, at 3715 Oakes Ave. just north of Veterans Memorial Stadium where the AquaSox play.
Last week the board heard an overview of the museum group’s letter of intent to purchase the building from the school district.
There hasn’t been an official museum for Everett or Snohomish County since the Snohomish County Museum of History closed on Hewitt Avenue in the early 2000s.
The museum’s 40,000-piece collection is being stashed around town waiting for a home.
The district had the building and 2.3 acre lot up for sale for three years, but while the district received some interest, potential buyers have fallen away during negotiations.
Last fall, the school district announced the plan would be to have the Longfellow and a second building next door make way for a 64-space parking lot to serve the stadium. A demolition permit was filed with the city on March 7 and has gone through an environmental checklist.
The building will still need millions of dollars worth of rehabilitation. The anonymous donor is willing to put up matching funds if the purchase becomes a reality, George said previously.


CORRECTION --
In the print version of this story, it was reported the board gave a presentation on the building. It received a presentation at the end of the meeting. The Tribune regrets the error.

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