HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – East Clinton Elementary School will not be demolished. The decision was handed down during a meeting of the Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission.
Because of the large crowd, the meeting was moved to the city council chambers. Dozens of people showed up wearing “Save East Clinton” stickers. According to WHNT News 19’s Matt Kroschel, there was standing room only at the meeting.
Developer Bob Broadway, of The Broadway Group, is going before the Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission for permission to demolish the vacant school. He has proposed subdividing the 3.6 acre property into 11 new home lots.
Some people in the community have come out against allowing the historic building to be destroyed, but the nine-member Historic Preservation Commission has the final say.
East Clinton was built in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration and is believed to be one of the last examples of art deco-style architecture left in Huntsville.
Back in December, the school board voted to approve the sale of the former school to the Broadway Development Group.