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Flooded Ottawa School Sold For A Dollar

Posted by wlpo on February 4, 2013

It takes millions to build schools but the city of Ottawa has bought itself an elementary building for one dollar.

According to the NewsTribune, the city officially closed on the condemned, flooded out Central Elementary School building along the Illinois River.  The city is still working out details with the elementary district to buy the 16 acres around the school for 375 thousand dollars.

The Ottawa City Council plans to use grant money to tear down the school later this year and turn the property into park space.  Mayor Bob Eschbach says any kind of development on the property will involve community input.

The school was condemned and abandoned after record flooding in 2008.

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