buena vista high

Michigan township wants to convert empty high school to farmer's market

April 5, 2021
The former Buena Vista High School closed in 2013 when the Buena Vista district was dissolved.

Buena Vista, Mich., Township is asking residents to weigh in on the process of transforming its former high school building into a new space, which the township envisions will include a farmer’s market. reports that the township, which bought the vacant building last year, envisions a farmers’ market space, as well as other opportunities for small businesses or services within.

Input from residents will help the township gather ideas beyond its own, start putting them into a plan and begin development, says Township Supervisor Christina Dillard.

The township is aiming to have the space at least partially open for business by 2023.

The former Buena Vista High closed in 2013 when the state forced the dissolution of the poorly performing Buena Vista district. Most of the facilities and attendance areas were absorbed by the neighboring Saginaw district, which sold the high school campus in July 2020 to the township for $35,000.

“We’re trying to collaborate with residents for the vision that we have, and hope that it will still go in the same direction,” Dillard said. “We want the input, but the vision can go in different places. The only thing that’s not on the table is that it will be a school again.”

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Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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