Bid Awarded to Demolish Maple and Twin Beach Elementaries

Walled Lake Schools administration expects demolition to be complete at end of May 2013.

At a time in which discussion of vacant school buildings has become a hot topic in the Michigan state legislature, the Walled Lake Consolidated School Board voted to award bids for demolition of Maple and Twin Beach Elementary schools Thursday night.

The contract for $270,000 with Adamo Group of Detroit was the best of 12 bids, according to Director of Operations Bill Chatfield. Twin Beach, located at 7149 Oakley Park Rd., will cost the district $107,500 to do, while Maple at 7389 Maple Rd. will cost $187,500. 

The final sum includes a $25,000 discount to handle both buildings. The cost will be paid from the district's sinking fund.

The board had voted Nov. 15 to proceed with demolition of both schools amid pending legislation which would require school districts to list vacant buildings on a statewide registry. Local school districts responded with concern that those buildings would then be offered to charter schools.

Plenty of work remains to be done before the sites are restored, Chatfield said. The bid award process opens next week for companies interested in handling hazardous waste removal from the schools, which law requires to be done prior to demolition.

Work will be done to allow the community "take a piece" of the schools home, in the form of 1,000 bricks from each school which will be saved from demolition, Chatfield said. He added that he expects between 60-75 days before demolition begins, with another 2-3 months allotted for demolition activities with an estimated time of complete restoration by late May 2013.

Patch local editor Brooke Tajer contributed to this report.

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bvwatson December 08, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Please preserve the peace pole at Twin Beach. Either leave it in place, or let me take it off the property and give it a new home. http://www.peacepoles.com/about.asp The Peace Pole Makers, USA Owners of the original Peace Pole Makers USA were Carol & Joseph Spaulding from East Jordan, Michigan. They began to craft Peace Poles for the Peace Pole Project in 1985. In 2001, the business was sold to current owner, Dave Moffat whose Peace Pole Making facilities are currently located in Maple City, MI.
Ron April 29, 2013 at 07:48 PM
What are the plans for the Maple Elementary property? I know it's zoned as R15, any chance that a new sub will be built or give those homeowners that back up to this property a chance to purchase additional acre


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