LOWELL | The once-stately brick building known locally as the Old Grade School is coming down, closing the final chapter on the storied historical structure.
Tom Trulley, of the Lowell Building Department, said once the foundation is leveled, a buried storage tank will have to be removed.
Plans, at least for the time being, call for the nearly one-acre lot to be leveled and grass seed planted.
Future plans for the space are undecided.
The Town Council approved partial payment of $102,600 for the $177,000 demolition project. It will be forwarded to Lake County.
Funding for the project will come through Lake County from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. About $175,000 is expected.
The building is adjacent to Lowell Town Hall at 501 E. Main Street.
The building was once listed on the Indiana Landmarks "Most Endangered List."