The former St. Michael School on Findlay’s Adams Street will meet with the wrecking ball next week.
The school, owned by St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, has been empty for about two years.
St. Michael vacated the building in 2006 after opening a new school on Bright Road. It leased the building to Faith Academy from 2008-2012, until Faith Academy closed. Last fall, Apex Church in Marion leased the building with plans to open a church there, but abandoned those plans after a fire that started in an air conditioner over Labor Day weekend damaged the building.
“In one sense it’s a shame, and in another sense it’s a huge relief to not have to have these buildings as a liability around your neck,” said Monsignor Michael Hohenbrink, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Church.
The parish will keep the property, about 3 acres, Hohenbrink said. It has been leased for the next two years to Alvada Construction, which is using it to park equipment during Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s downtown construction project. Alvada Construction workers are also using the property for parking, and are bused daily to the construction site.
Demolition will begin Monday, starting at the newer section on the west end. Hohenbrink said demolition will take about eight to 10 days, and another two weeks or more to haul the rubble away.
Courier Family Editor Margaret Dwiggins will have more on Saturday.