Kansas School Linked to Brown Still Draws Interest

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Despite past failures to find financing, two groups are still interested in redeveloping a former school linked to the U.S. Supreme Court historic Brown v. Board of Education decision.

The city of Topeka owns the Sumner Elementary School building and is trying to find a buyer.

Last year, the City Council told Pioneer Group Inc. it could convert the building into housing for seniors. But Pioneer couldn't obtain the state tax credits it needed.

Then, the city turned to Community First, which wanted to create a charter school and community hub. It missed two deadlines to line up the financing.

City staff are recommending the property be auctioned off.

Leaders of the two groups say they're still interested in bidding.

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