Survey regarding repurposing of former Waterville Elementary School available to gather public input

Concept drawing of Waterville School exterior; Survey available ... The image above is a concept drawing of the rear exterior of the former Waterville Elementary School building. The image was created by Austin Feuerhelm, Digital Media Marketing Coordinator at Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) and offers just one concept that is hoped will inspire business owners, entrepreneurs or Waterville area community members into ideas for possible uses for the former school building. A survey is now available for anyone to express their thoughts on future uses of the building and surrounding facilities and grounds at Submitted image.

Entrepreneurs, businesses and community members urged to provide feedback

Business owners, entrepreneurs and community residents in northeast Iowa are invited to complete surveys regarding re-use of the Waterville Elementary School. Waterville Elementary School was closed in 2018 by the Allamakee Community School District and the buildings were purchased by the City of Waterville.

The City was recently awarded a Rural Business Development Grant to study how the school’s historic three-story brick building and surrounding grounds could be repurposed to foster business development and expansion in Waterville.

“Business and community input will be essential in understanding the potential for this school,” says Josh Dansdill, Business Development Projects Director with Northeast Iowa RC&D, who is providing technical assistance and support to the City of Waterville.

Businesses and entrepreneurs are invited to provide input on the types of businesses they would consider locating in Waterville Elementary, as well as leasing parameters and any resources they would require.

Waterville and nearby community members are invited to share the types of businesses, services or community activities they would be likely to utilize if housed at Waterville Elementary.

Both surveys may be accessed at Dansdill said the survey will be available for about a month. Results of the survey will then be shared with Waterville community leaders for further consideration.

For more information, contact Josh Dansdill at 563-864-7112 or