COLUMBUS – Demolition of the former Columbus Middle School building is now underway.
The project began last week, and is anticipated to be completed within the next six months. B-D Construction will helm the tear-down, and will construct the brand new early childhood development center and district offices which will be in place of the building.
The building has stood in Columbus since 1924, where it initially served as Kramer High School. In 1958, the building became the Columbus Middle School, and stayed that way for nearly 60 years.
In 2016, the Middle School was moved into a brand new building at 2200 26th Street, and the former building has remained vacant since then. Last month, the Columbus Public Schools Board of Education voted to demolish the building, as the cost of demolition would be much less than attempting to restore it.
The new facility will be named the Kramer Education Center, and is being planned to house all preschool-aged children in the school district.