West Seattle schools: Building demolition begins at Arbor Heights Elementary

August 29, 2014 at 3:54 pm | In Arbor Heights, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 2 Comments

Thanks to Scott for the top photo and the tip that building demolition has begun at Arbor Heights Elementary, a milestone for the project to replace the dilapidated old buildings with a brand-new school. We went over and got there just in time to photograph the backhoe doing a little more work on the north side of the southern building before parking for the day:

As reported here on August 20th, the city Hearing Examiner rejected an appeal of the demolition-permit granting. Another appeal was rejected in May; that one involved the ruling that the project didn’t need a full environmental review. Following that first decision, a meeting was held to update the community on the construction plan (WSB coverage here). The timetable shared at that meeting called for demolition to begin in August, which now, technically, it has; it also noted that there would be a pause from November to February, when the second phase of the project would begin, by which time the district would decide if the school would be built to hold up to 500 students, or up to 650. The new school is supposed to open in two years; in the meantime, AHES is sharing the Boren building in North Delridge with the school permanently housed there, K-5 STEM.

2 Comments

  1. Mixed feelings about this. Sad to see the old school go. Yet hopeful on a new school being a better home to the students.

    Comment by Eric1 — 6:42 pm August 29, 2014 #

  2. Stopped by yesterday and took a few pics before the serious demolition started: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ahlness/sets/72157646955020351/

    Comment by Mark Ahlness — 9:33 pm August 29, 2014 #

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