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Susan B. Anthony School Plans Start With Home Demolitions

February 10, 2014, 5:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Susan B. Anthony School Plans Start With Home Demolitions

The process of turning Mark Twain Elementary into the new Susan B. Anthony school begins Monday, and neighbors in the area are set to see the construction crews start tearing things down.

"It looks kind of sad not to have people there, to walk up and down the sidewalk and say, 'Hi,' to everyone there," Rebekah Dekkenga said.

The first step in making the Susan B. Anthony School a reality starts with deconstruction. On one full block, people pass by now empty homes with signs that say "No Trespassing."

"We don't really know very much about it. We just know that the house next to us and up to the next street are going to be torn down for a parking lot," Dekkenga said.

Before it reaches that point, the block will be a staging area for construction equipment, which has some neighbors concerned about noise. Dekkenga lives right next to one of the houses that will disappear, and she says she is ready for what's coming.

"I'm sure there will be some noise because they're tearing down houses and you can't avoid the noise.  But I'm sure they'll be respectful and mindful of the fact that there's families with young kids around, that they'll be respectful of that," Dekkenga said.

In the initial stages of the planning process, she did think about moving from the area to avoid any headaches, but instead is deciding to stay and take it all in as the project moves forward.

"I can see why they need to do that for the new school. It'll be good for the community to have a nice, new school and it'll definitely look a little bit different," Dekkenga said.

Different, but in a good way, and maybe even a place where her young son will get an education in the future.

"Yeah, it's a possibility. We're also considering home-schooling, but maybe he'll go there. You never know," Dekkenga said.

The first of the equipment arrived at the scene Monday and demolition of the homes should start very soon. The new Susan B. Anthony School is said to be ready by the fall of 2015.

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