Helena nonprofits discussing purchase of St. John’s building downtown

While a Helena businessman recently said he is gaging community interest in the purchase of a closed hospital building near the city’s downtown, a coalition of community nonprofit groups has been discussing the building as well since late last year.

The St. John’s Building at 25 S. Ewing St.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

Jeff Buscher, community impact coordinator for the United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area, said several nonprofits have been eyeing the property in a separate effort apart from developer Mark A. Weber and are looking into future uses of the St. John’s building at 25 S. Ewing St.

Buscher said that a handful of nonprofits “could very well benefit by obtaining, remodeling and putting this space to good use.”

He also said federal funds may be available, but those usually come with caveats.

In a recent email to nonprofits and others involved in discussions, Buscher said news reports and videos do not provide a clear representation of their “ongoing process of exploration and information gathering as we consider how the St John’s property may be useful to provide services

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