Austintown school demolition making progress

By kalea hall


Residents in the vicinity of former elementary schools may be concerned that two of the buildings are still standing, but Mal Culp, supervisor of facilities and operations for the Austintown school district, said everything with the demolition is going well.

Loyd Elementary is basically completely demolished. Woodside Elementary is being worked on now and then razing of Davis Elementary will follow.

“There is some impatience in the community, but our particular person [handling the demolition] is salvaging as much as he can,” Culp said. “He is actually going in and stripping out what he can.”

Demolition on the schools began three months ago with Lloyd. ALL Demolition & Co. of Poland is razing the three schools. The company is going in and taking out bricks, steel, copper and any other reusable materials, Culp said.

Culp believes Woodside will be knocked down by the end of this month since the asbestos and other hazardous material were already removed.

Excess soil from the construction site at the new Austintown elementary and intermediate schools will be reused at the demolition sites.

“If they want to build something we restore it so they can,” Culp said of potential future property owners.

Right now, the school district still owns the properties. “If we had an interested party, we’d sell the property,” Culp said.

The former Austintown Middle School on Mahoning Avenue is up for sale again after the board made the decision to rescind the purchase agreement with LRC Realty. LRC purchased the 15-acre property in April, but decided not to complete the agreement.

Culp said the land can be purchased with the school still on it, or the district can demolish the school for the purchaser.

The building has been vacant since 2007.

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