Roosevelt School in Newark razed to make way for Byrne Dairy

The demolition of the former Roosevelt School at 515 E. Union St. is complete.

Crews from Waterloo-based Sessler Wrecking started the work Monday and finished by early Tuesday afternoon, said Mark Peake, Newark’s code enforcement officer and economic development coordinator.

The building, built in 1912 and named for President Theodore Roosevelt eight years after that, is being razed to make way for a new Byrne Dairy convenience store and gas station.

A reunion of sorts was held in early January at the former school building at the corner of Vienna and East Union streets. More than 100 former students and a number of former teachers gathered in front of the former school for a final photo.

The building’s most recent use was as Roosevelt Children’s Center, which moved to a new site on Peirson Avenue about 20 years ago, said Newark historian John Zornow. The Newark school district closed it in 1976 before Arc Wayne took it over.

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