The battle over the old Audubon School in Rock Island has been going on for months but yesterday Fareway decided it did not want to move forward on the deal, leaving city leaders wondering what to do next.
It seems like this might be victory for homeowners who were trying to stop the store from coming into their neighborhood. A group of neighbors filed a preliminary injunction to block sales and the courts dismissed the case this morning.
Now some city leaders are worried that an opportunity was missed to finally put some use to the vacant building.
"We just spend hundreds of thousands of dollars tearing down old Lincoln school after it sat empty for 40 plus years," said Alderman Stephen Tollenaer. "This is the same model."
Officials at Fareway say they are still looking at other sites in Rock Island to open a store and as for the old Audubon building there is another offer on the table from a developer John Lemon Jr.
He plans to turn the building into an apartment complex or charter school. The school district is reviewing his offer with their legal team.