Quincy News

JWCC puts downtown building on the market

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 16, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY -- John Wood Community College President Mike Elbe said the school has already received a number of offers for a downtown property that is for sale at 122 N. Fifth.

JWCC recently put the property -- formerly known as the Kinscherff Learning Center -- on the market and hopes to have a sale completed sometime early this fall.

The site was appraised at $160,000 in April.

The Kinscherff building sustained considerable damage in 2017, due to a broken water pipe in a nearby site. Insurance covered all $460,000 for needed repairs.

"It's been a lengthy process," JWCC President Mike Elbe said. "Our board feels it is now in the best interests of John Wood Community College to offer the property for sale."

Elbe said school officials will be careful as they examine offers for the building, hoping to eventually accept a proposal that will benefit the "continued revitalization" of downtown Quincy.

The JWCC services that were formerly housed in the Kinscherff site were relocated after the revelation of the 2017 structural damage issues. The RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is now located at the college's main campus at 1301 S. 48th., while adult literacy ?programs were moved to 107 N. Third.

Elbe said structural repairs to the Kinscherff building's foundation, first floor and walls involved a lengthy process, but are now complete.

Elbe anticipates some sort of announcement tied to the Kinscherff building's future at the Sept. 18 board meeting. Bids and proposals for the building are due by Sept. 13.

Information about the Kinscherff site can be obtained by calling the JWCC at 217-224-6500.

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