The cafeteria which once stood on the east side of old Historical High School Apartments, is being torn down this week, and according to apartment manager Chris Andrews, the change is for the better.

"It had a lot of repair work needing to be done," he said. "It was built back in the 1960's so it has no historical value. We decided the best thing to do was to tear it down and make that area into a park for the residents who live here."

The HHSA was originally built in 1927 as Bastrop High School. Years after closing down, it stood empty and the weathering took its toll. Some of the local residents decided to make it their personal objective to save the building. After undergoing much needed renovations, the building reopened last year as apartments for elderly citizens.

The cafeteria was originally owned by the school board. Now owned by Bastrop Development Inc., the cafeteria is now under the care of the historical apartments at 715 Washington St.

Andrews said the structure was taking up space that could be used for a more productive cause.

"It will give the residents here a place to walk around outside and sit in the sun," he said. "We have plans in the future to put a gazebo out there and more landscaping."

There are 68 units. For more information, call 281-6690.