West Huntsville Elementary to become tech launchpad

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala - West Huntsville Elementary School is sold! Who bought it? What's next for the property?

Those are just some of the questions surrounding the sale.

On a rainy Friday afternoon, Brandon Kruse stands in front of his newest piece of property: West Huntsville Elementary School. The 24-year-old investor has big plans to make it into a launchpad for up-and-coming businesses.

"We're going to make it into an incubator and really a cultivating environment for entrepreneurs and small business owners," says Kruse. After selling his first business before he turned 21, Kruse wants to help connect more young professionals to the people that can help them.

"I want to be able to bring people to say 'Look, we have fantastic mentors, people that have done amazing things in Huntsville that just want to help out.  They want to donate their time, they want to invest in people.'" Just like Lowe Mill turned an old Huntsville building into an incubator for the arts, Kruse has the same vision, except for technology.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for the community to have a business incubator like that," said Keith Ward of Huntsville City Schools. The school district voted unanimously to accept Kruse's $500,000 offer. The district plans to use the funds to help build and renovate city schools.

Brandon Kruse plans to keep the building structure as-is -- and he wants to flip the words around to name his business launchpad "Huntsville West."