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Hastings Catholic Schools prepares for renovations to St. Cecilia

The one-block closure of Kansas Avenue comes as part of Hastings St. Cecilia High School renovation plans to expand and improve their campus.
Published: May. 9, 2022 at 10:30 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A portion of Kansas Avenue in Hastings has officially closed, which means a larger project can now begin.

As of Monday morning, the one-block stretch of Kansas Avenue from 5th Street to 6th Street is permanently closed.

The closure comes as part of Hastings St. Cecilia High School’s renovation plan to expand and improve its campus.

Father Tom Brouillette, chief administrative officer for Hastings Catholic Schools told Local4 News how they planned to transform the area in front of the school where the street is closed off.

“There’s going to be some green space out front, they will be a sidewalk — it’ll be a wider sidewalk to accommodate any emergency traffic or vehicles that we might need to come to the building... A little bit further towards the north, towards 6th street, we’re going to put in a nice turn out so that kids can be dropped off, parents can drop kids off,” he said.

Brouillette noted that closing off the block in front of the school helps the area become safer. He said that around 2,500 staff and students crossed the street per day.

More than 200 students volunteered Monday to help move equipment to make way for renovations on the south wing of the high school. The students were treated with a lunch and a street dance.

There was also an opportunity for people in the community to take a walk inside of the school to see its current conditions and to see what plans are on the way.

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