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Spokane Public Schools Withdraw From Building Purchase

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Public Schools board voted Wednesday night to withdraw from a deal to purchase the Joe E. Mann Army Reserve Center in Hillyard.

They suggested withdrawal from the facility because thieves vandalized the inside of the building and stripped the copper.

From the outside there's very little visible damage to the building, but inside is where the thieves stole a whole lot, mainly the copper wire.

The school district was approved to buy the entity in 2008, but there was still some work that had to be done by the Department of Defense before they turned it over.  Meantime, criminals broke in and left the district with so much damage that they would have to demolish the property if they were to keep it.  After a review of the damage, the school board did not think it was a good idea to keep it.

Now, the building goes back to the City Council.  The Federal Government determined the city to be the local development authority and they are in charge of talking to potential buyers and figuring out who is awarded the land.  Its future is yet to be determined.

If you have an interest in the neighborhood, you can go to the Hillyard Neighborhood Council meeting on Wednesday the 20th at the Northeast Community Center where they will be talking at great lengths about the future of this building.

 

 

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