A contract was awarded last week to a Pittsburgh area company for the demolition of the Ewing Park School, effective immediately after the completion of the Arts, Crafts, and Food Festival in Ellwood City.
Following a collection of 12 bids from companies in three different states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, the school board selected the lowest bid of $48,000 submitted by A.W. McNabb of Oakdale, Pa. for the demolition.
A bid for the demolition went as high as $143,000 and the average bid was approximately $83,000. The closest company to Ellwood City to submit a bid was Dressler Excavating from Evans City, Pa. for $57,800.
The board said that demolition will consist of a complete removal of the building, including the basement of the school, and according to the contract, will be done no later than Oct. 4.
The board ensured that the October date is nowhere near when the completion will be. In fact, they anticipate the demolition will be completed within a month, which would be sometime in August.
The only concerns that the board had with the demolition was the Festival parking and Little Wolverine football practice. But, with the work beginning after the Festival and completion set for early/mid August, both concerns were resolved.
During the April school board meeting, the board said the estimated cost of the total demolition of Ewing Park School was approximately $65,000 – and, with the asbestos removal portion of the project included at $17,000, the estimated cost was very accurate.
The Ewing Park School building, which has been abandoned for almost 20 years, was built in 1925 and became part of the Ellwood City School District as an elementary school in 1931.
Land surrounding the school has been used most recently as a practice field for sporting teams and as a parking lot for the annual Arts, Crafts, and Foods Festival. The building has been a place for storage.