Some of the last remaining buildings at the former Central Middle School will start coming down in July, preparing the way for the future City Hall for Central.
The Central School Board voted unanimously Monday to hire ARC Abatement 1 Ltd. to handle the demolition, which should be complete by the end of September. ARC’s $270,500 bid was the lowest of four bids submitted. Board member Will Easley and Jim Lloyd were absent.
A girls gym on the property, dating back to 1927, was demolished earlier this year after a failed effort by a local citizens group to save it. Still left at the corner of Hooper and Sullivan roads are an industrial arts building, some storage units and the Central High football stadium.
The building being demolished has been used mostly for storage since the school was closed in 2013. Superintendent Michael Faulk said much of that stuff — it includes furniture, used computer equipment, lockers, food services equipment and an old tractor — has been declared surplus property and is up for auction on a state auction website.
Meanwhile, part of the old school that was used to house visiting teams at the football stadium next door during bad weather will be replaced by a few portable units, which the school system plans to lease for about $20,000 a year, Faulk said.
Long-in-the-making plans for a new City Hall for Central on the former Central Middle School property were presented to a School Board committee June 7. Faulk said he’s talking with city leaders about whether they want to buy or lease the property. The timeline is to hold a public forum on those plans in August, approve plans by December and start building in 2017, he said.