HOOPER — The City of Hooper has taken the first step toward of its goal of providing more residential housing in town with the purchase of the former Hooper Elementary School site.
Earlier this week, the Hooper City Council approved an ordinance to acquire the property at 400 W. Maple St.
Hooper Mayor Bruce Cate said the owner accepted the city's $42,000 purchase offer. The 1.51-acre site was listed at $46,000 by Timber Creek Real Estate in Scribner.
Cate said the city has limited residential growth potential in the city's core, being forced to instead focus on the edges of town, hills on the south side and the newer Brickyard Addition along Highway 275.