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Old LC admin building razed

Property up for sale for $459,000

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published August 17, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The building that was once an elementary school and later housed L’Anse Creuse Public Schools’ administrative offices is gone.

Demolition of the two-story structure, formerly located at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and L’Anse Creuse Street in Harrison Township, began on July 28 and was completed the first week of August, followed by some cleanup.

Now the next stage for the site of the former Jefferson Elementary School and adjoining properties is underway.

“It’s already on the market,” said Kelly Allen, director of public and community relations for the district.

The property is currently listed with Anton, Sowerby and Associates at a price of $459,000 for that piece of land, as well as two vacant lots and the child care center building, which closed in 2011 and moved to Graham Elementary School on Crocker Boulevard.

Jefferson Elementary School closed in 1974, and students were moved to Emma V. Lobbestael Elementary School on Prentiss Street. At that time, the district began most of its administrative operations in the 14,800-square-foot building.

Administrative operations moved into the 53,130-square-foot Harry L. Wheeler Community Center and Administrative Offices in Clinton Township in 2012.

The completion of the Wheeler building was one part of the work promised to voters in the 2005 election, the year a $210 million bond was passed. The bond allowed the district to make numerous improvements in technology, security and infrastructure. In addition, South River Elementary School in Harrison Township and Green Elementary School in Chesterfield Township were completely torn down and rebuilt, and the Graham addition for the Early Childhood Center and the DiAnne M. Pellerin Center were completed.

The demolition work was approved by the Board of Education on March 20. In a 4-2 vote, the board approved the bid submitted by Dundee-based company Salenbien Trucking and Excavating Inc. in the amount of $124,000, which included an allowance of $15,000.

Board President Amelia Servial and Trustee Hilary Dubay voted against the motion; Dubay cited concerns about the effects it would have on the district’s general fund and a hope to see land sold before the demolition began. Trustee Mary Hilton was absent.

The demolition project includes removal of the building as well as the underground storm sewer system; gas, water and electrical service; storage fees; and portable office fees.

The board also awarded the asbestos abatement bid to Total Environmental Services at a cost of $105,800.

Superintendent Erik Edoff said the money from the sale will assist the district with its overall finances and operations.