Report: Offer on table for former Luther East building

2013-08-18T20:00:00Z 2013-08-19T00:22:05Z Report: Offer on table for former Luther East buildingGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
August 18, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

LANSING | The Lutheran Church is looking to sell the property that once was Luther East High School, and a real estate agent says a deal could be complete by October.

Luther East High School, at 2750 Glenwood-Lansing Road, closed as a school  in June. Its final graduating class held commencement exercises for 16 graduating seniors on May 26.

The property has been listed at $700,000, and Ken Peach, a Schererville-based sales associate with Coldwell Banker, said Friday that an offer to purchase the property has been received.

Peach would not say who the offer was from, or how much the buyer was willing to pay. Although he said a deal to purchase the property might be complete by early October.

The Rev. Warren Mandel, pastor at St. John-Grace Lutheran Church in South Holland who chaired the Luther East School Association Board of Directors, was not available Friday to comment.

Officials with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod who oversaw the high school since its creation in 1978 said overall enrollment had declined to 45 students, too low to maintain a viable high school.

Although church officials have discussed the possibility of creating a new high school someday, they say they would need to have at least 85 students for such an effort to be viable. Part of the reason Luther East enrollment had dropped to its current level was that parochial elementary schools that traditionally had provided students to Luther East have closed in recent years due to their own financial problems, officials said.

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