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State grant to raze Kilgore school OK’d

State grant to raze Kilgore school OK’d
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 12:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 12:14pm

City council members here entered a $203,000 contract Tuesday to demolish an asbestos-riddled, closed school that officials hoped a developer would return to the tax rolls.

Asbestos abatement and demolition of the old C.B. Dansby school, built somewhere around 1930 as Kilgore Colored High School, has taken a couple of troubled steps the past nine months.

“This is going to happen pretty quick,” General Services Director B.J. Owen told council members before they agreed to use a state housing grant to raze the old school in North Kilgore.

Owen told the council Tuesday a ceremony commemorating the school is planned for July 23.

“It’s a demolition-groundbreaking,” he quipped.

The state Neighborhood Stabilization program grant arrived after the city, Gregg County, Kilgore ISD and Kilgore College had all agreed to pony up the demolition funds.

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