PEORIA, IL -- Activist Hedy Elliott Gardner pleaded with the Peoria City Council on July 12 to do something about the old Harrison School. It has become a menace to Peoria's South Side neighborhood.
Here are photos she sent of the situation there:
As you can see this is a disaster waiting to happen -- open doors, open windows, adults and children running in and out... imagine what could occur, she told the council.
And what will they do about it?
Under the previous superintendent and the board that enabled her, the school was sold for $10 to a guy who was going to recycle the materials. Instead he took what he wanted then skipped town.
Instead this sturdy building should have been preserved and repurposed, even leased to someone who would use it well. .
Now it's a wreck. Will the city act? Don't hold your breath!
-- Elaine Hopkins