June 25, 2018
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Demolition of Rockland school planned for October

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — The demolition of the former MacDougal School is scheduled for late next month.

The Rockland City Council is set to vote Oct. 10 on authorizing the spending of up to $20,000 to demolish the structure located on Broadway.

City Manager James Smith said the city’s fire department will do some training in the building before demolition occurs. Fire Chief Charles Jordan said there will be no fires set in the building but there will be training on such things as laying hoses throughout an interior. He said there also will be a lot of cutting done to the roof to practice venting buildings.

“It’s a treasure-trove of training,” Jordan said.

Smith said the city’s public works department may do some of the demolition work and the $20,000 is the upper end of cost estimates.

He said he expects demolition to be done at the end of October.

The 24,000-square-foot building was closed in June 2010 and Rockland has owned the school since the fall of that year. The school district said the cost of renovating the building, which was built in 1954, was prohibitive because of the amount of work needed.

Former Rockland City Councilor Joseph Steinberger had sought to have the council allow his Old School group to tour the building and determine whether it could be used as an arts and education center. The council rejected that request earlier this year.

There are no plans for the 4 acres on which the building sits once the school is demolished.

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