The complex needs a new heating and air conditioning system.
Winkler said it will take a public-private partnership to save the structure and that federal and state tax credits could be available for education or retraining components to a solution.
The deadline to apply for tax credits is March, with the awarding of the credits in November.
“The city has an idea for an educational component,” Winkler said, but didn’t want to provide details. “The component is being done in other parts of the country.”
Another aspect of a future development is to attract entrepreneurs to develop new products, which could be complemented by the Flagship business incubator, he said.
A conference center at the site will also be considered, Winkler said.
“This has to be a community project involving the city, county, convention bureau and local not-for-profits,” he said.
Part of the roof of the Wigwam is 33 years old and another part is 29 years old, and those roofs were designed for 20- to 25-year life spans, Tim Long, a member of the ACS school board, said this week. The Wigwam’s electrical system dates from the 1960s and the boilers are 1970s vintage, Long added.
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