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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