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Hancher Auditorium Comes Down With Both Good and Bad Memories

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- When the Hancher Auditorium is demolished on Monday morning, with it will fall the sad memories of the flood of 2008 and the warm memories of all the performances before then.

" It was known throughout the United States as the place you want to go," said Nancy Frazier English, who used to work as an Assistant to the Director of the Auditorium right after it was built.

"Unfortunately it had been just renovated," said Iowa City Resident Jim Merchant. "It was better than ever just before the flood...and we really miss it"

Nancy English used to work in the old Hancher Auditorium. She says she had an office in the performance space before it was even built. But she also says if it can't be used because of its flood damage, its time to move on

"Its always sad to see something be torn down but when you know it can't be used any more then it makes real good sense," said English.

Others say its an unfortunate lesson in building a city near a river.

I'm of the contention that if you build near the water you're going to get wet. This building got wet. So unfortunately its coming down," said West Liberty resident Ron Maxson.

The machinery and building are all prepped to bring down the old Hancher auditorium and as the wrecking ball brings that down to the ground, crews will pour cement to raise the new one.

"We're looking forward to the new performing arts center the new Hancher. Which would be even better than the previous one," said Merchant

"A growing, successful operation that's what Hancher auditorium is and will continue to be. Good things are coming y'all!" said English.

Local residents say before the flood, they took the auditorium for granted. They say it won't be that way once the new performance space is completed in the next few years.

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