Washington School will soon be demolished
Feb 14, 2013 (The Hawk Eye - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Earlier this week, the Burlington School Board approved a low bid from G&B Construction for the demolition of the old Washington Elementary School.
Out of the four bids school officials received, local contractor G&B Construction had the lowest bid of $79,900.
Byron Whittlesey, supervisor of buildings and grounds, said the demolition of Washington School will begin around March 1.
He also said the building should be entirely demolished by April 1.
"(G&B Construction) thinks the demolition will take about four weeks depending on the weather," Whittlesey said.
Last year, the school board approved Devolt Demolition of Farmington as the low bidder for demolishing the structure at a cost of $58,000.
"The contractor was not able to successfully get a performance bond," Whittlesey said. "This time, I do have a performance bond, I have the insurance and I have a start date."
Washington School was built in 1907 at the corner of Agency and Curren streets. An addition was made in 1953, along with other modifications.
It was an elementary school until 2009, when the new North Hill Elementary School was completed. It was home to the district's alternative high school. The classes have been moved to the former James Madison Middle School.
Because of its age and condition, Whittlesey has said it would be hard for the Washington building to accommodate Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.
"This building is multi-leveled, and you would need a four-stop elevator in a two-story building to even make it ADA accessible," he said. "That would cost about $80,000."
Whittlesey also said it would be up to the school board to decide what will happen when the school is demolished.
"Our original thinking was to lay out the area for plots and use it for housing, but nothing is firm," said Darven Kendell, board president.
Last summer, Whittlesey said the property has nine lots that could be subdivided.
The school board also approved a low bid from Meller Excavating of Fort Madison to demolish two houses on Central Avenue at a cost of $9,700 for both houses, which will come out of the physical plant and equipment levy.
Out of four bids, Meller Excavating had the lowest one.
Last year, the school board voted to purchase two houses located at 128 S. Central Ave. and 130 S. Central Ave. for $50,000 apiece, which also was paid with the PPEL fund.
The properties are next to each other. When they are demolished, the properties will be used for future renovation of the press box at Bracewell Stadium, along with additional stadium parking.
"I don't have a schedule from the contractor yet for a start date on this," Whittlesey said.
He said the school district has worked with Meller Excavating the past.
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