TWINSBURG — Bricks and mortar will start falling to the ground at the Old School at Routes 82 and 91 the week of Jan. 22, and the demolition is expected to take about four weeks.

At City Council’s Jan. 9 meeting, Director of Planning and Community Development Larry Finch reported that a restoration subcontractor began salvaging some items from the 40,000-square-foot building Jan. 8.

He noted the asbestos removal is complete. Lepi Enterprises Inc. removed the hazardous material under a contract worth $110,162, which Council awarded in November.

Several salvageable items have been donated to the Twinsburg Historical Society. President Andy Tomko said items were moved across the street from the school to the Freeman Barn and museum.

"We’re getting quite a few items," said Tomko, who noted the society is already planning a special display this summer.

Chairs from the auditorium, a stage curtain with a "T" on it donated by the Twinsburg High School class of 1950, an electrical box, a boiler plate, railings, mahogany trim, wall sconces, slate chalkboards, a basketball hoop and mercury lights are among the salvaged items.

Finch said a large sandstone block engraved with "Twinsburg School" near the top of the building above the front entrance, the 1921 date stone and the arched exterior front entranceway will be stored and erected when the site is redeveloped.

"Since we really don’t need all the auditorium chairs that are coming out of the building, we plan to sell some as a fundraiser, and we’ll also sell dozens of old red bricks from the original part of building," said Tomko.

The public can buy the bricks for placement on a walkway in the historical museum’s garden, where an old bell from the original school on the site and the Old School will be located.

Tomko credited historical society members Ric Bissell and Ken Roddie with moving most of the items from the school to the historical society grounds.

On Dec. 5, Council awarded a $199,775 contract to Ray Bertolini Trucking Co. for the demolition portion of the project.

At its Jan. 9 session, Council reps authorized Mayor Ted Yates to prepare and submit an application to the Summit County Land Reutilization Corp. for up to $25,000 in matching grant funding for clearance of the site.

The city previously landed another $25,000 in grant funding for the asbestos removal.

Finch said once the building is knocked down and debris is hauled away, the site will be graded and will not pose any hazards to the public. He said the site will be seeded in the spring.

While the demolition is in progress, the sled-riding hill on the property will be accessible, city officials said.

The original Old School was built in 1921 after the previous wood-sided centralized school, built in 1885, was razed. Historical society member Rich Bissell said previous information that the original school had burned down is untrue.

The current structure was expanded in 1952, closed as a public school in 1992 and has not been occupied since 2012.

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