New Genesee Hill school: No, it’s not demolition time yet

March 25, 2014 at 1:54 pm | In Genesee Hill, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 4 Comments

One neighbor reported that it looks like demolition is near at the old Genesee Hill Elementary – slated for replacement with a brand-new school – but it’s not happening yet, according to Seattle Public SchoolsTom Redman. He explained what IS happening right now:

We are not beginning demolition yet. We are currently abating/removing hazardous material from the existing building. We are also doing an archeological survey, based on the State Dept. of Archeological and Historical Preservation maps.

Also, per City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, we are doing required testing for pin pile foundation load test, which means we are driving a test pile into the soil and checking subsurface load capacity. This will give us an idea of what the planned foundation pilings can support beyond standard loads.

Background information about the new school is here. The old building has been closed for almost five years.


  1. Is there a way to find out if kids who went there could retrieve their legacy bricks that were painted on the hallway bricks?

    Comment by LFauntleroy — 5:35 pm March 25, 2014 #

  2. When is this remodeled school supposed to open?

    Comment by ttt — 11:08 pm March 25, 2014 #

  3. Rebuilt, not remodeled. Mid-year in the 2015-2016 school year, was the most recent plan, announced last year …

    Comment by WSB — 12:15 am March 26, 2014 #

  4. I want my kid’s “legacy” cinderblock too! Knock the wall over, they should all come apart on their own….

    Comment by Fiwa Jcbbb — 12:43 pm March 26, 2014 #

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