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UVM cleared to lease historic building

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The University of Vermont is cleared to lease the historic Elihu B. Taft School in Burlington for up to 160 years.

The Burlington City Council approved the lease Monday night. The Burlington Free Press reports that the building currently houses two alternative programs that will eventually be displaced.

The property had been bequeathed to the city by Elihu Taft to be used as a school or as a home for elderly, poor men, but officials have been hoping to divest themselves of the building due to high repair costs.

The lease approval passed, 9-3. But some council members were concerned that the lease to UVM did not honor Taft's will or would be the loss of a school building that might be needed in the future.

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