Original Riverside (Oakland) school complex sold

After a delayed opening of an all-new Riverside school complex on the outskirts of Oakland (the south US 6/59 junction), the property in the city was left empty. At the end of December, the Council Bluffs Nonpareil reported that the school district intends to sell the entire thing, including the old athletic fields, to brothers who want to open the gym, shop, and later school rooms to the community. The oldest part could be turned into affordable housing, the article says.

(And yes, it bothers me to no end that the “Riverside” district has no connection to Riverside, Iowa, nor does it tell someone at first glance where it is in the state — especially since it’s not on a border river. The West Nishnabotna flows past Oakland, Carson, and Macedonia, the towns that make up Riverside.)

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