BURLINGTON, Iowa — A former high school is likely to be demolished after the Burlington City Council decided not to hold a public hearing on tax incentives to redevelop the building.
The council voted on Monday against scheduling the hearing, and that the city is likely to pursue a plan to demolish the building built in 1910, The Hawk Eye (http://bit.ly/2caaqtO ) reports. The building was home to the Burlington High School until a new high school was built in 1969.
The old building became Apollo Middle School before being used for the school district’s alternative high school. The structure was bought by developers in 2002 and the city took possession of it last November.
Developers had expressed interest in turning the building into apartments, but there was no guarantee of funding.
Any construction on the property wouldn’t have been to start until fall 2018, and apartments wouldn’t have opened up until fall 2019.
“If we didn’t have somebody show us the money by this fall, I was ready to be done with it, and councilman Davidson said the same thing,” councilman Tim Scott said.
Mayor Shane McCampbell said the building has been vacant for too long.
“This building’s going down, as far as I’m concerned,” McCampbell said.
Parks and community development director Eric Tysland said earlier this year that it costs the city about $200 or $300 every time it mows the property.
Some people who live near the Apollo building are saddened by the possibility of losing the building.
“Apollo is perhaps the sturdiest building in town,” resident Terry Strother said. “It is architecturally an attractive building. … It’s a grand lady, and I personally would hate to see it (gone).”
Information from: The Hawk Eye, http://www.thehawkeye.com