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CR School District Looks at Old Buildings

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- You may call them relics from a not too distant past. Both Monroe and Lincoln Elementary schools in Cedar Rapids have been a part of the community for years. Lincoln for example served the SW neighborhood for more than 100 years.

"In it's day it was pretty important," said resident Michael Reisdorph.

When the school closed in the 60's it found new purpose - by Kirkwood Community College.

"There was always a lot of activity, the parking lot was always full of something going on," Reisdorph said.

But as with any 100 year old building, it's usefulness has nearly run out, and the Cedar Rapids Community School District is taking action. The district is exploring plans to demolish Lincoln, and sell Monroe to the Affordable housing Network.

Superintendent Dave Benson says Monroe's transition will help the district and the city.

"It would create affordable housing where we could pick up some more children, and of course coming back on the tax rolls would be a benefit," Benson said.

As for Lincoln, the district tried to find a buyer, but age was a factor.

"The dollars that it would take to bring it up to code for another purpose would be pretty high," Benson said.

For Reisdorph, who has lived in the neighborhood for more than 30 years, the news is slightly disappointing.

"It's just too bad they couldn't find somebody to buy'll probably be missed by me and a few other people."

He hopes the aftermath of Lincoln's demolition isn't just another empty lot.

"If they plant some trees or put some activity fields in, that would be nice," Reisdorph said.

None of the plans are set in stone. The district will hold public hearings on the future of the two properties on October 14th.
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