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Ready for demolition, Lowell Elementary set for tear down

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - The demolition project for Lowell Elementary was one of the agenda items for tonight's Waterloo School Board Meeting.

The decision on the table is a bid for Lehman Trucking and Excavating to demolish Lowell.

The Waterloo based company sent in a bid of nearly $300,000 for the project. The district has worked with this company before in other demolitions, Orange and Logan schools. Superintendent Dr. Jane Lindaman says this bid is right around the same price as the other projects.

There was a total of six bids for the Waterloo Schools Board of Education to review. Architect Dan Channer for ISG says the public will notice a difference at Lowell come spring when the demolition begins.

"There will be a lot of trucks coming, being loaded and the materials being carried away," Channer said.

The board talked heavily on looking ahead and remembering the history of Lowell. Dr. Lindaman says preservation is part of the plan.

"We need to see what we can salvage if anything, there are certain things that we would love to incorporate into the new building if we could," Lindaman said.

A closed door executive session was on the agenda but was later tabled. The session centered around litigation strategies pertaining to Lowell. Dr. Lindaman says Waterloo Schools has seeked outside help in the process.

"We have engaged the help of other parties to help in legal advice. We are working with some counsel and we hope to move forward," Dr. Lindaman said.

The bid by Lehman Trucking and Excavating passed unanimously by the board. The demolition project is set to start in April and is expected to wrap up in June 2020.

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Vinny Lowerre

Producer & Multimedia Journalist

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