DPS begins abatement on schools slated for demolition

Contact: Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542 or Jennifer Mrozowski at 313-873-8401

Detroit Public Schools has begun abatement for asbestos and other hazardous materials on schools slated for demolition, including the former Sherrard school, located at 8300 Cameron.

Abatement is also under way at the following sites: Ferry, Woodward Academy, Detroit City Alternative High, Newberry Elementary and Owen Elementary. Angell Primary has been fully abated/completed.

The new Detroit Public Schools Office of Public Safety and Command Center will be built on the former Sherrard site, slated to open in September.

When abatement is complete at those sites, contractors will continue work at additional schools slated for demolition. The district will begin demolition on 10 vacant schools from April through June 2010, ridding neighborhoods of blight and creating more than 100 jobs.

“Vacant schools across Detroit have been blights on the community and safety hazards for far too long,” said Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb said. “Thanks to the taxpayers of Detroit for supporting Proposal S, we can now move forward with substantially changing the landscape of the city and remove these long-standing eyesores.”

The following buildings are slated for demolition:

Ferry, Dexter F. Elementary School, 2920 East Palmer

Owen, John A. Elementary School (OLD), 3033 15th Street

Newberry, John Elementary School, 4045 29th Street

Woodward, Augusta B. Elementary School, 2900 Wreford

Sherrard, Henry Gary Elementary/Middle, 8300 Cameron

Brietmeyer Elementary School (OLD FLICS) , 8210 Cameron

Detroit City High School (OLD), 3500 McGraw

Sanders, Claire Mabel Elementary School, 8700 Byron

Scripps, James Edmond Elementary, 2100 Hurlbut

Angell, James Burrill Primary, 8858 Petosky

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