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Nearly 100 years of history coming down in Springfield

The Springfield School District plans to demolish the administrative building downtown after removing hazardous materials.

Posted: Sep. 19, 2018 6:47 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Nearly 100 years of history is set to come down as the Springfield School District plans to demolish the administrative building downtown.

Earlier this month, the school board voted to remove asbestos and lead from the building on Mill Street before tearing it down.

Documents show school officials thought the city might want to use the land for parks or low-income housing.

However, district spokesperson Jen McCulley said as of now, the future of the building is undecided.

Andy Manuel, a Springfield resident who lives down the street from the building, said it’s time for the building to go.

”If it’s gotta go, its gotta go,” Manuel said. ”I understand it’s got asbestos and all kinds of bad things in it.”

Documents show the cost of cleaning and tearing the building down will be over $200,000.

McCulley said other options such as renovating would've cost too much money because of the hazardous materials.

Manuel said he doesn't believe his neighborhood in downtown Springfield is unsafe, but an empty building on the block concerns him.

”People start crawling into empty buildings around here in the neighborhood and other neighborhoods too, not just in Springfield, so that’s a big thing,” Manuel said. ”I know they have a fence around it, but I’ve already seen people try to climb that fence just to see what’s going on there. That's a big thing for me.”

McCulley said it's unknown when the building will be demolished.

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