CORNING - The clock tower at the former Northside Blodgett School will likely be removed in pieces in the coming months and stored until a decision is made what exactly to do with the historic structure.
Arbor Housing and Development recently closed the purchased the former Northside Blodgett School.
Mike Ginalski, C-PP school superintendent, said he plans to meet with Arbor officials in the next couple of weeks to talk about the future of the clock tower.
“What we’re thinking we’re going to do is remove it in pieces, because the question is structurally will it withstand being taken down as one piece,” Ginalski said. “And for storing, frankly it would be easier storing it in pieces than it would in one large section.”
Ginalski said ultimately the school district will have to decide the future of the clock tower.
“We know any fee associated with design of a monument is going to be $24,000, just for design,” Ginalski said. “That’s created a bit of a stumbling block because if the design cost is $24,000, what does that mean the cost of building the monument would be?”
Bob Crocker, president of the NSB Alumni Association, called the reuse of the clock tower very important too the alumni association and people who attended the school.
“Where it’s going, we don’t know,” Crocker said. “But the (school district) knows our feelings.”
Ginalski said the alumni association has discussed doing a fundraiser to raise money for the reuse of the clock tower.
“School Board President, Dale Wexell has an idea of taking down the clock piece and the cap (of the clock tower) and creating a monument inside of one of our school buildings, which sound absolutely feasible,” Ginalski said. “I actually like that idea better because of my concerns about the clock tower (monument) being outdoors and the potential damage.”
Jeff Eaton, Arbor president and CEO, said asbestos abatement will begin later this month or early October at the site.
The asbestos abatement work is expected to take about six weeks to complete and then demolition of the site will begin, according to officials. The building is expected to be razed by early 2018.
Arbor plans to sell lots to developers, build market rate homes for sale, and/or sell lots to potential homeowners. For a larger home, and interested buyer/builder is able to purchase and develop adjacent lots.
The approximated cost of a lot is $30,00