Recent demolition at Stone Middle School a part of contract with buyer

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- You may have seen recent demolition at Stone Middle School, slated to become a multi-use space complete with two breweries and an amphitheater.

Part of the western wing has been demolished.

Huntsville City Schools spokesman Keith Ward explains, "That was the one section that was not going to be needed and they are going to need that space to be utilized for other purposes."

We found crews flattening the ground and clearing the site on Monday.  Ward said this will really move this project ahead.

"That was part of one of the preconditions that was set up in the contract. So we're excited to get that particular work done so we can make the final closing on the contract," he said.

It's also exciting, Ward said, because maintaining that old building has been costly.

"It's been on our books for quite some time now. And on average it's about $100,000 a year," he told WHNT News 19. "We will be able to take that money that we had allocated for operational costs of the building and apply it someplace else."