Demolitions continue Tuesday 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 on Tuesday, May 4, at 11 a.m. will demolish the former Sherrard school, 8300 Cameron, and Breitmeyer school, 8210 Cameron, 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 district on Monday began demolishing the former Detroit City High School building at 3500 McGraw. The buildings are among 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.

“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.”

The vacant schools slated for demolition are:

Buildings slated for demolition
School Address
Gross S.F.

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) (demo complete)
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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