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Renovation plans in the works at former Dewey Elementary

Plans are in the works to renovate Quincy’s former Dewey Elementary School.

It’s been vacant since the end of 2017-2018 school year and now developers are hoping to breathe new life into the old school by breaking it up into different businesses.

At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, aldermen heard a petition to turn the school into an office, gym, catering service and day care.

The vacant school went up for auction last month and sold for $35,000. City Planner Chuck Bevelheimer says the age and size of the building could make for a lot of work for those wanting to renovate it.

“The Dewey school at 2040 Cherry is going to be challenging to redevelop,” said Bevelheimer. “It’s good to see someone interested in trying to redevelop it. The challenge is going to be is using it efficiently.”

The request by the developer now goes to the plan commission before going in front of the full council for approval.

Bevelheimer says they’ll also talk to neighbors around here in the coming days and weeks on what they think about the future plans for this school.

Also at Tuesday’s city council meeting, aldermen approved spending about $5,300 for 196 directional and information signs and 241 street identification signs.

The council also approved to enter an agreement with RKBA, LLC to provide a firearms training facility for about $7,600 for the Quincy Police Department.

This year’s fiscal budget will also increase by $1.3 million for the city’s water fund. This money will go towards building roughly six miles of water transmission lines on Quincy’s east side to help with water pressure.

Kaylee Pfeiferling

Multimedia Journalist

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