- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - The final part of a former elementary school in Evansdale is all but gone.

Little remained Wednesday of Jewett Elementary School after demolition besides a pile of rubble, benches and old playground equipment. The school closed in 2007 after being built in 1948. There have been several additions.

“They still have to dig out the foundation and haul the brick and trash away,” Mary Kettwig, a member of the Evansdale Economic Development Corp., told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (https://bit.ly/1Rc7yfs ). The east wing came down in May 2014, the west wing in December 2014.

“We’ve been working quite a few years on this,” Kettwig said of acquiring and razing the school. “I’m real happy it will finally be down. I think the whole town is.”

The development corporation plans to erect what will become the Community Life Center, which will be funded by the sale of condominiums on the property. Three condo buildings with two units each have been built and sold. Two more units are expected to be completed in March and two more are planned.

In another fundraiser for the center, the corporation has been selling plaques made from the school’s gym floor wood. The $35 plaques bear the school’s image.

“We still have a few left, and we saved part of the gym floor so we can make more,” Kettwig said.


Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com

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