Waterloo officials ponder demolition of old school

Published On: Apr 13 2013 11:54:09 AM CDT

Waterloo officials want to demolish a school that has been empty for decades but worry the cost could eat up all the money designated for citywide demolition projects.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports demolishing the former Lafayette Elementary School will be costly because the structure is so dilapidated.

The brick school opened in 1912 and was closed in 1973. Developers have been unable to find other uses for the building and it's now in such poor condition that workers can't conduct an asbestos survey or abatement because they might fall through the wood floors.

That means contractors must handle all materials as if they contained asbestos, driving up costs.

Mayor Buck Clark says demolishing the building could use all the $550,000 earmarked for demolitions in the next fiscal year.