Demolitions begin on vacant Detroit Public Schools buildings; 10 buildings to be torn down by June

Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542 or Jennifer Mrozowski at 313-873-8401

Detroit Public Schools will demolish the former Detroit City High School building at 3500 McGraw at 9 a.m. Monday, May 3. The building is one of 10 vacant schools to be demolished from April through June 2010, as part of a plan that will rid neighborhoods of blight and create more than 100 jobs.

Robert C. Bobb, Detroit Public Schools’ Emergency Financial Manager, has authorized and directed the demolition of the vacant schools, utilizing approximately $3.1 million from the 1994 Bond program. Future demolitions will be funded under the bond program approved by Detroit voters on Nov. 3, 2009. Bobb will be on hand for the Detroit City High demolition.

“Vacant schools across Detroit have been blights on the community and safety hazards for far too long,” Bobb said. “Thanks to the taxpayers of Detroit for supporting Proposal S, we can now move forward with substantially changing the landscape of the city and remove these long-standing eyesores.”

Sherrard and Breitmeyer schools also soon will be torn down to make way for a new Office of Public Safety headquarters, a 25,000-square-foot facility within a rebounding neighborhood that will mean enhanced security and additional policing.

The vacant schools slated for demolition are:

Ferry, Dexter F. Elementary School, 2920 East Palmer
Owen, John A. Elementary School (OLD, 3033 15th Street
Newberry, John Elementary School, 4045 29th Street
Woodward, Augusta B. Elementary School, 2900 Wreford
Sherrard, Henry Gary Elementary/Middle, 8300 Cameron
Breitmeyer Elementary School (OLD FLICS), 8210 Cameron
Detroit City High School (OLD), 3500 McGraw
Sanders, Claire Mabel Elementary School, 8700 Byron
Scripps, James Edmond Elementary, 2100 Hurlbut
Angell, James Burrill (demolition complete), 8858 Petosky

Contractors are preparing the sites for the demolition through the weekend, including fencing off the locations. Abatement of hazardous materials will be completed on the school sites before demolition begins. More demolition dates will be announced.

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