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      Day of demolition approaches for old Jefferson School

      What was once a place of education, has now become an eyesore for the city of Quincy.

      Located at 4th and Spring, Jefferson School once stood as a welcoming building for those who attended.

      However, after it closed in 1983, the building was abandoned and became run down.

      "I hate to say this but we've seen a pattern with the older schools in Quincy. Once they no longer get used and this once hasn't been used to my knowledge for about 20 years, the deterioration of the building is such that reusing them becomes impractical. It's not cost effective from an energy standpoint. The buildings are large, their power plants are inefficient. There's just no easy way to retro-fit some of these older buildings to make them work and function in a modern society as we have today," Chuck Bevelheimer, Director of Planning and Development said.

      Jan Schroder attended Jefferson School in the 60s for 5th and 6th grade.

      Since then, he's moved into an apartment near the school, and said the building has seen better days.

      "I really do think they need to tear it down. Actually I live in the neighborhood here and I seem to think there's homeless people that live here in this building. I live on the corner here on 4th and Spring, and I would see people disappear around the corner. One day I got kind of nosy and went around the side here. I really do, I think in the Winter months there's people that stays here," Shroder said.

      The owner of the building since 2003, Reverand Lee Amsler, plans to demolish the building in the coming months.

      A project that could take months and can be costly, comes as a relief to city officials.

      "The location is good between 3rd and 4th streets and Oak and Spring. But the bottom line is, the building itself is such a huge albatross to manage that once it's gone, then the lot itself has value," Bevelheimer said.

      Shroder hopes to see senior housing be built in the property space.

      Amsler explained that he hopes to have demolition started in the next few months.