FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Kendallville Mayor SuzAnne Handshoe says she optimistic about recent communication with East Noble School Corporation. The city has offered to buy East Noble Middle School's old building on Diamond Street.
"From where we were in September, I feel very very optimistic so we'll see."
If the school corporation approves it, the city will re-purpose the building into a community learning center.
"We know that the school corporation has taken housing off the table. There's no type of way they'd agree to any type of senior living or housing or anything in there. Trying to work with that because that was a huge investor," said Handshoe.
East Noble School Corporation has received demolition bids but have not awarded any yet. A final decision is expected to be made sometime in February.
"We're in the process of getting some estimates, but the city has agreed with the community learning center that there will be no tax dollars used so it will all have to be private funding," said Handshoe.
In the mean time, the city is working to create more partnerships to make re-purposing a reality.
"Partners like after-school programs, preschool programs, the YMCA, Parkview Noble is interested in partnering," said Handshoe.
The city would like to take over the building this year and start construction in phases.
"I'm appreciative of the school board coming to the table and listening to the table and that we're all communicating now," said Handshoe.