NEWARK — City officials are considering whether to demolish a 129-year-old schoolhouse, even though it is one of Newark’s few buildings to be designated a historical resource.
The proposed demolition of Mowry’s Landing School, which was built in 1884, would save tax dollars but anger local preservationists.
Newark would like to save the one-room building, but restoring it might cost as much as $850,000, said Ray Collier, Newark’s chief building official. “Our first choice is to sell it or give it to a nonprofit, but we haven’t been able to do that,” he said. “Restoring it will cost a lot, and we have no practical use.”
While the City Council considers those options, its members voted unanimously last week to pay for part of an environmental impact report that will study the effects of getting rid of it. Newark will share the report’s costs with the East Bay Regional Park District, which has housed the 19th-century school room at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont. The single-story, wood-frame structure — which is 26 feet by 42 feet, with a rectangular shape — was built near what is now NewPark Mall.
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