R.I. school board may vote Tuesday on new Audubon offer

Posted Online: July 18, 2014, 11:38 am
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
ROCK ISLAND -- The Rock Island/Milan School Board will consider a new offer for the site of the former Audubon Elementary School when it meets Tuesday.

No details on the offer were available Friday but the agenda for the school board meeting states that "an executed purchase agreement may be presented" for action.

Holly Sparkman, the school district's spokeswoman, said two offers could be considered by the board. She said details should be made public at the board meeting.

The board likely will meet behind closed doors to discuss the offers and could then vote in open session on a purchase agreement.

A deal to sell the site of the former school at 2601 18th Ave. to a Chicago developer for $700,000 fell through last month. The developer is understood to have withdrawn from the agreement when a prospective tenant lost interest in moving to the site.

The school district spent $280,000 to demolish the former Audubon Elementary School last year. In 2012, Fareway Stores pulled out of an agreement to buy and demolish the school for $475,000 after public protests against the plan.


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1864 -- 150 years ago: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

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