brick schoolhouse demolished
By Kevin Kelley
Published Dec. 1, 2010
Westlake landmark is now only a memory.
Ace Demolition of Cleveland last week used heavy equipment, including
an excavator, to take down the red brick schoolhouse on Dover Center
have been preparing to take down the 101-year-old building for several
weeks, the real demolition began Wednesday morning. Work had been
delayed about a day when some equipment used in the demolition was
late in arriving.
The last walls
of the structure fell late Friday afternoon.
is part of the Westlake City Schools’ redevelopment of its Dover
Center Road property. Lee Burneson Middle School will be renovated
as an intermediate school. A new middle school will also be built
on the site as part of the $84-millon capital improvement measure
voters approved in May.
was paid $77,910 to take down the building. A separate company did
$68,000 worth of environmental abatement work at the site. The costs
were paid for out of the district’s capital projects fund.
The red brick
housed students up through 1968 when the school district made the
building its headquarters. The building has been unoccupied since
The school district
had offered bricks from the building to community members interested
in a keepsake of the historic building. On Monday, district Communications
Coordinator Kim Bonvissuto said response from the public to the
offer of a free commemorative brick was good. She expected all 500
bricks the district reserved to be distributed.
The city independently
ordered 4,500 bricks from Ace Demolition for a project related to
the city’s bicentennial celebration next year, Planning Director
Bob Parry said.
to create a founder’s trail which would have plaques or stones of
the founders of the city,” Parry said.
Made from the
red bricks, the trail would likely be created at Clague Park, according
to Parry. The Westlake Historical Society and the Westlake Kiwanis
Club may be involved in the project, which is still in the early
stages of planning, Parry said.
CORRECTION: A Nov. 17 article on the red brick
schoolhouse demolition incorrectly stated the demolition was paid
for the $84-million capital project measure voters improved in July.
The demolition is being paid for out of the district’s capital projects
fund, district officials said.
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