Warren to vote on demolishing old school

Posted March 15, 2012, at 5:03 p.m.
Last modified March 15, 2012, at 6 p.m.

WARREN, Maine — Selectmen will hold a special board meeting Friday evening to add an article to the March 27 town meeting warrant that would call for demolition of the former Warren Primary School.

A public meeting was held Wednesday night in Warren and about 42 residents who turned out were unanimous in their opinion that the building should be torn down, according to Town Manager Grant Watmough.

The 9,600-square-foot building was turned over to the town in 2007 after SAD 40 no longer had a use for the brick structure located on School Street. The school district had used the building for several years for administrative offices before giving the property back to the town.

A rough estimate of demolition costs is $50,000, the town manager said.

He said the sentiment of residents at the public hearing was for the town to retain the property. One proposal was for the town to revive some recreational facilities that had been on the site. There had been play equipment and outside basketball courts.

The building was constructed in 1963 as Warren High School. When Medomak Valley High School was built several years later, the building was converted to the primary school. The property totals 5.5 acres.

The special selectmen’s meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at the town office.

The annual town meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at the Warren Community School.

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