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Long vacant school to be demolished for housing

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NeighborWorks is preparing the vacant Bonneville Elementary School for demolition.

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The long vacant Bonneville Elementary School in Pocatello is being prepped for demolition to make room for housing.

NeighborWorks Pocatello bought the property in November from the district for $250,000, half of what it was appraised for. They begin demolition to the building next week.

The two acre lot was vacant for 17 years. City of Pocatello officials believe the space could accommodate up to 18 new housing units.

NeighborWorks executive director Mark Dahlquist said plans for the housing are being worked out in through a 'task force,' comprised of community members, a representative from the Bonneville Neighborhood Association, a land development company and a local architecture firm.

The housing will likely be for a range of incomes, Dahlquist said.

"When it's all said and done, I think the neighborhood community will like what they see," Dahlquist said.

NeighborWorks is saving brick from the historical building to use in the new development. Dahlquist said he wants to incorporate elements from the structure to pay homage to the neighborhood.

Local News / News / Pocatello
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Emma Iannacone

Emma is a reporter for Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News 3.


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  1. This is wrong and maybe its just me and maybe its just the people that went to this school but regardless if this is legal or not, traditions and memories were made in this school. I remember getting detention and sitting in the principal’s office i remember toilet papering the school and getting into other trouble. I wished i had the opportunity to not move away but thats life but this is just humanly wrong to let a fine school to sit and waste. How much money was spent on this building through the years, how many kids that went to this school did something with their lives, what about the great staff and teachers that made kids believe in themselves? I can not fix this issue I can only complain, but is this not valid? Thank you Bonneville Elementary, you will be missed 🙁

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