Demolition Plans for Old Grayville High School Progressing

It looks like a building you might find in Germany after World War II but officials hope the ruins of the old Grayville High School will soon be coming down.
Crews fight fire at the old high school in Grayville, IL late Saturday night. (Ryan McCurdy / Eyewitness News)
Crews fight fire at the old high school in Grayville, IL late Saturday night. (Ryan McCurdy / Eyewitness News)

It looks like a building you might find in Germany after World War II but officials hope the ruins of the old Grayville High School will soon be coming down.

The ruins of the historic and beloved was the site of a suspected arson last August. Two juveniles have been charged in connection with the fire.

For the past few months, Grayville City Finance Commissioner David Jordan has been working with the EPA. The EPA had to get involved because the building has asbestos, Jordan said.

"If you've been up by it, the few walls that are still standing are very dangerous to any kid that would be up on the property," Jordan said. "Time is important to us because not only is it an eyesore but it's also a safety hazard."

A contractor surveyed the property back in February, Jordan said. In May, he hopes to see the contractor's plans for the property. If the project gets the green light by the EPA, demolition could begin in early summer, Jordan said.

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