WALKER -- Cass County Board Tuesday authorized Administrator Robert Yochum to work with county staff to prepare a lease agreement to permit Pine River-Backus Family Center to use the former county extension office in Pine River for a thrift store and student artwork outlet.
Leslie Bouchonville, family center director, told the board she has begun the application process for a grant to start the affordable used clothing and household items business. If the grant application should be denied or provide insufficient funding, she said community support has been made available to ensure the project starts.
Pine River-Backus art students will have an opportunity to learn business practices and sell their works in the store as well, she said.
The lease, an in-kind contribution from the county, will run for a two-year trial period. Commissioner Jim Demgen asked that the lease be worded so that in the event the county has an opportunity to sell its portion of the community resources center building that the lease could be canceled or transferred to the new owner.
Bouchonville said she should know in mid-May whether the grant application is approved. If the store is successful during the two-year trial, she said the family center would consider purchasing that unit of the building from the county.
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.