You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Northwestern demolition project progressing on schedule

$51M construction project nearing completion.


More than four years after voters approved the money to build new Northwestern Local Schools buildings, the final phase of the project is underway with the demolition of the district’s three old structures.

The old Northwestern High School, built in 1975, has already come down at the campus on Troy Road in German Twp. The 1956 middle school was demolished this week and debris will be cleared by the end of March. Demolition of the elementary school, built in 1950, is slated to begin today, weather permitting. That process is expected to be completed by April 10.

Northwestern Superintendent Tony Orr said once the demolition is complete, space will be freed up to replace sports fields and other amenities that were removed during construction of the new elementary and junior/senior high buildings. That construction was completed in August.

The entire project, including the demolition, was budgeted at $51 million. About 45 percent of the cost was picked up by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

“We are certainly on target with our budget,” Orr said. “We are very pleased with the transformation of our campus.”

Eric Ebbs, a 1994 Northwestern graduate who lives next door the schools, said he’s also glad to see positive changes. But he’s sad to see the schools he attended from second grade on torn down.

“A lot of emotions come to mind,” he said. “It’s always good to see changes; it just hurts a little bit to see the old go.”

Ebbs hopes the new schools will as long as the old buildings, but he’s skeptical.

“I don’t think they’ll last anywhere close to as long as the schools we had here,” he said.

Part of the newly cleared section of the 122-acre campus will be regraded to allow for soccer and multipurpose fields.

One portion will hold a retention pond, and most of the area where the high school used to stand will be paved for parking, Orr said.

Crews will begin a road-widening project to complete the school’s entrance from Ohio 41 this month. That project will require access from the highway to be closed for several months, beginning the week of March 24. The two new school buildings will only be accessible from Penny Pike through June.

Orr said the district anticipates some initial congestion.

“Students and community members will need to adjust to the changes,” he said.

The demolition crew has been putting “memory bricks” from the old school buildingsoutside of the construction fence. Anyone who wants to take one as a memento can pick one up free.

The only other element from the old buildings that is being salvaged is the original lettering from the high school, which will adorn the events entrance of the new building.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in News

Video shows woman kidnapped as infant in Florida joking about getting kidnapped
Video shows woman kidnapped as infant in Florida joking about getting kidnapped

A Facebook live video shows the young woman who was snatched from a Jacksonville hospital as an infant joking about getting kidnapped. In the July 2016 video, she does not hint that she knew she really was a kidnapping victim. Gloria Williams is still in a South Carolina jail cell, accused of kidnapping Kamiyah Mobley as a baby in 1998 and...
Security experts warn about possible violence at inauguration
Security experts warn about possible violence at inauguration

As the nation's security agencies gear up for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, some experts in the field are warning of the potential for volatility. >> Read more trending stories  "Unlike previous inaugurations in presidential history, this is predicted to be the most volatile," said Ross Bulla, a security...
President Obama welcomes Chicago Cubs to White House
President Obama welcomes Chicago Cubs to White House

For the last time in his tenure as president, Barack Obama welcomed a championship team to the White House. This time it had a special meaning to the outgoing commander-in-chief, as he spent much of his life in Chicago (though he is a White Sox fan). When Obama took to the microphone to address the Cubs fans and legions of reporters, his first words...
Dr. Bernice King: ‘My father would meet with Trump’
Dr. Bernice King: ‘My father would meet with Trump’

As a war of words plays out between President-elect Donald Trump and Georgia congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, one is left to wonder what MLK Jr. would have done in the wake of the 2016 election. >> Read more trending stories  Two days before her famous father's birthday, the daughter of the civil rights icon answered that question...
Dems call for county commissioner in Georgia to resign after John Lewis comments
Dems call for county commissioner in Georgia to resign after John Lewis comments

Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter waded into controversial territory over the weekend when he wrote a Facebook post calling U.S. Rep. John Lewis -- a civil rights legend already locked in a war of words with President-elect Donald Trump -- a “racist pig.” The reaction to Hunter, a Republican, taking on Lewis a few days before...
More Stories