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A vacant Target store in Council Bluffs will be converted to a middle school.

Iowa district will use former Target store as temporary middle school site

The Council Bluffs district will use the vacant big box store as swing space while 2 of its middle schools are renovated.

The Council Bluffs (Iowa) Community School District has bought a former Target store and plans to convert it into a temporary home for a middle school.

KETV reports that Kirn Middle School students and staff will move into the building for the 2019-20 school year while the existing school is renovated.

The 90,000-square-foot Target building at the Mall of the Bluffs has sat vacant for about 10 years. 

A spokesperson for the school district says the district chose the old Target largely because of its size. The district needed 60,000 to 90,000 square feet to accommodate a 1,000-student middle school.

The space will serve as a middle school for at least two years.

In fall 2019, Kirn Middle School will move in for a year. Then, in fall 2020, Wilson Middle School students and staff will relocate there while renovations at their existing campus take place.

The former store space will have 60 classrooms, a music area, a kitchen and cafeteria and a multipurpose room.

The district is still working to determine how it will use the property after the renovations of Wilson and Kirn middle schools are completed.

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