Crews finish knocking down old Gidley School

By Douglas McCulloch | May 17, 2017

The Gidley School is no more.

According to Project Manager Richard Pomroy, demolition of the old elementary school, opened in 1923 and shuttered in 2007, finished with no major problems. Some asbestos-containing material was discovered that hadn’t been anticipated, but Pomroy said that was taken care of quickly. Demolition began on April 4.

With the building gone, crews still need to remove asphalt from the property and add structural fill to the site of the proposed Dartmouth Police Department headquarters. The police department selected the Gidley site to house its new building. Currently, Pomroy is waiting on the arrival of the structural fill.

Voters approved the $785,000 demolition project last fall, and the police station will go to a vote at the June Town Meeting.

Construction crews salvaged material from the old building, including the building’s front name plate and 200 bricks. There is plans to incorporate the name plate into the new police station, but there is currently no plan in place for the bricks.

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