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A sad day and mixed emotions for this Rock Island neighborhood after last night's decision to tear this school down. Neighbors say they just wish something else could've been done with this school.  

When this building comes down, a lot of memories will go with it.

"Seeing the children come and go, in the morning, they used to wait in my house when they were dropped off too early," Maureen Stanlay says. 

"It'll be sad to see it go, it's always been there," Dolores Bradley says, "I used to look out the door to see whether school was in or out just because you could tell if it was." 

Residents say they wish the school could become something else, instead of a soon to be empty lot.

"The inside could've been a library maybe, a learning center," one neighbor says. 

"It'll be weird having all green space and nothing there after all these years," Bradley says. 

School officials say after three years, no one except Fareway put an official offer down. The district says another developer, Joseph Lemon, Jr., showed interest in the building last summer, and they offered him Fareway's purchase agreement for $475,000 months ago, but nothing was ever signed.  

"It's just sad to see something like this happen, it really is," Tom Taylor says, "I think if there'd been more cooperation among city officials and individuals, we could've avoided something like this." 

Now after a year of disagreements among the community, city and school district, this 90 year old school will soon be reduced to rubble.   

"It's going to be sad, it's a real good building, it's been there 100 years," Luke Carlson says, "I was hoping it'd stay up and become something different, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen." 

School officials say there's no timeline yet for when the school will come down, but a plan is expected next week after they meet with the demolition company. The property will continue to be up for sale until it comes down.

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