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Demolition Starts on Four Farmington School Buildings

Work on Wooddale Elementary in Farmington Hills started Tuesday.

The demolition of four (FPS) buildings started July 5, with Wooddale Elementary on Oak Forest Dr. in Farmington Hills.

In January, the four elementary schools closed in 2010, and Fairview Early Childhood Center, which was closed in 2006. , located at 14 Mile and Middlebelt Roads, to the Islamic Cultural Association.

The tentative dates for demolition to begin at each of the sites is:

  • Flanders Elementary School, 32600 Flanders, Farmington - July 20
  • Fairview Early Childhood Center, 28500 Oakcrest Dr., Farmington Hills - August 3
  • William Grace Elementary School, 29040 Shiawassee, Farmington Hills - August 17

For safety reasons, construction fencing around each of the sites has been installed.

The demolition contractors, as part of their bid for the job, are committed to salvaging desirable materials to be recycled. Once the buildings are demolished, their footprints will be filled with top soil and seeded. The playgrounds will remain on the sites.

The estimated cost of demolition for all five buildings was $900,000; however, officials expected some of that cost would be offset re-use of items like heating and cooling systems and cabinetry in the district's other buildings. The sale of Eagle Elementary is expected to net the district $1.1 million.

Marc July 09, 2011 at 01:30 PM
What ever happened to closing the Maxfield Training Center? That was also closed, along with the four elementary schools, yet is still open and being used.
Tanji Grant July 09, 2011 at 01:47 PM
I wish the schools could have been sold instead of being demolished. A few I can understand had to be demolished because of there location inside a subdivision and getting a buyer for the property. Grace is located on a main road so it would have been nice to see it sold and reused as Eagle will be. I do understand that the school had to demolish the buildings to avoid any misconduct that may have happened in or on the vacant buildings.
Barb Glassman July 11, 2011 at 12:47 PM
I went to Wooddale Elementary from 1959 - 1962. It will always be my favorite school. It was small enough to make a child feel special, the wooded setting was idyllic, and it allowed us to walk to school and get a little exercise. I remember moments like an art project in which we each made a lino block print for textile screen printing the draperies for our principal's office and Mr. Cheeseman, our 5th grade teacher, dissecting a cow's heart and teaching us about anatomy. How fortunate we were in those days. They just don't make 'em like they used to.... Farewell dear ol' Wooddale. - Barb Lennis Glassman, Hendersonville, NC
Becka August 16, 2011 at 01:51 AM
My mom went to William Grace from 1975-1980, I went to William Grace from 2000-2005, and it really breaks my heart to see it demolished. I'm going to be there when it is demolished, and I'll most likely cry. Elementary school was amazing, sure it's a small school, but that's what made it so cool. There was no way you could get lost and it was so easy to make friends since everyone knew each other. I'll really miss William Grace. Ironically, I'm wearing my class t-shirt from William Grace while I'm writing this. Awkward.
Kelli Carpenter-Crawford August 16, 2011 at 04:12 AM
Though I know there is bigger school news this week (AYP...), I am wondering about a possible update/photos on how demo at Wooddale, Flanders, Fairview has gone. Have they started on schedule? How long is process taking? I am specifically curious if W Grace demo will start as scheduled on Wed. of this week...was hoping to be able to help relocate existing perennials to alternate school locations prior to demo beginning, but not sure who to contact for permission. Doesn't seem to be any updates/info that I could locate on FPS site. Have the contractors truly been able to salvage/repurpose "desirable materials" as indicated as part of their bid? So many questions on the eve of destruction of our cherished neighborhood school building. Thank you for the memories William Grace!

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