By Natalie Zarowny
A local developer has made an eleventh hour bid to save Audubon Elementary School from being demolished.
But the Rock Island/Milan school district says it's too little, too late.
Local developer Joe Lemon Jr. submitted a formal offer to the Rock Island/Milan school district, to buy Audubon elementary for 100 thousand dollars.
The district's response?
"The building is not for sale," said district spokesperson Holly Sparkman.
Lemon first expressed interest in the building a couple months ago.
Then, on October 22nd, just hours before the school board was due to vote on demolishing the property, he made a 50 thousand dollar offer via email.
"For reasons I don't understand, the school district decided not to consider that offer," said Lemon.
But it wasn't considered a formal bid.
Then, Thursday, they heard from him again, this time sending in a formal $100 thousand bid.
"This is the first time, from Joe Lemon Jr., we have received something in writing and signed, and from a formal broker," said Sparkman.
Sparkman said since the Audubon building isn't for sale anymore, the administration doesn't have to bring Lemon's bid to the school board.
"If a board member chose to they could ask for it to be put on the upcoming board meeting agenda," she said.
But they didn't.
And that's what people like Steve Klien, a member of grassroots organization Audubon United, don't understand.
"They have the opportunity to make 100 thousand to go right into the school district to pay for our schools as well as to eliminate the costs they have to maintain the property," said Klien.
As it stands, it will cost about $225 thousand to tear down Audubon.
The district wants to sell the land for $560 thousand.
Making tearing down the school more profitable for the district.
"I'm not sure why the school district is trying to get the last penny out of this, I think it provides more value for the community if it can be re purposed in some way," said Lemon.
The agenda for Tuesday's school board meeting has already been set and made public on their website.
There is nothing about the Audubon School bid on it.