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October 2, 2013

Amboy residents gather to discuss school's fate

Site could be firearms school, RV park, commercial kitchen


Recently the School Board voted to approve an option to purchase, which gives the group one year (with an option for an additional year) to conduct a feasibility study. The building would be sold for $1,000.

Community members had a lot of ideas to bring to the table. Among them were a grocery store, a daycare center, a roller skating rink, indoor pickle ball courts, a teen center, a community garden and a car wash.

“Could we have a bunch of stores and just call it a mall?” offered Deb Boesch.

“I've always been interested in building and selling instruments, so how about an instrument buying and selling place?” suggested Art Sidner.

The school building is composed of three sections built in 1896, 1929 and 1955, all of which are up to building codes. The group has hired a consultant, and the six-month feasibility study will cost $10,000.

AgStar Financial Services provided a $5,000 grant and the Amboy Alumni Association provided $1,500. The rest will be funded by donations.


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