The future of the former Marquette School property will be back on the Kewaunee City Council agenda Monday night.
Aldermen are scheduled to discuss an attorney contract and review fundraising strategies during their regular August meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the Kewaunee Municipal Building, 401 Fifth St.
The city sold the old structure in 1999, and the new owner removed many of the building’s assets and allowed it to deteriorate, including a partial roof collapse, to the point of being structurally unsound, resulting in eventual catastrophic failure. Consequently, restoration is unfeasible and the building must be demolished.
The estimated cost for demolishing the building is at least $750,000. The city last year received a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $500,000, which requires a 50 percent match.
Kewaunee School Board member Dan Kassner recently posted a historic video of Marquette School recorded Sept. 2, 1998, the first day of school on the last academic year the building was open. After Christmas break that year, the students and faculty moved into the present Kewaunee Elementary School.