The Herald Bulletin

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August 20, 2013

South Madison gets the OK to demolish old school

Attorney says board would wait 1 year for ideas

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PENDLETON, Ind. —

The old school in question sits empty in the middle of Pendleton Elementary School’s campus — composed of the intermediate elementary, 301 S. East St., and the primary elementary, 327 S. East St.

Discussions of what to do with the old school have been in the works since 2006 and Hittle said “the reality” is that no one has stepped forth with an usable idea.

In March 2012, the school board unanimously voted to demolish the three-story building that was originally built as Pendleton High School in 1936, transformed into a middle school in 1969 and closed after the new middle school opened in 2009.

School officials say the building is costly to maintain or remodel, dangerous because it’s in a state of disrepair and that no acceptable private use has been suggested or would be appropriate.

Renovation estimates have been marked as high as $5 million. Board President Chris Boots has stated that costs have been estimated at $600,000 to demolish and build a parking lot.

Preservationists say the building is still structurally sound and could be used in a variety of ways, such as a senior citizens community center, 4-H building, performance space or teen community center.

Those on both sides of the issue were given the chance to voice their thoughts Tuesday evening. The commission voted 2-1 to approve the application for demolition.

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