Possible Demolition of East Clinton School

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- There are new developments in the sale of the East Clinton Elementary school property. A company now wants permission to tear down the historic Huntsville building.

The Broadway Group struck a deal with Huntsville City Schools in December to buy the vacant school property for more than $1.5 million. Now, the development company needs permission from the Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission to tear it down and build from the ground up.
"There's an application by Bob Broadway's organization to buy it, subject to getting approval for tearing it down," said Jack Burwell, chairman of the Preservation Commission.

Burwell said he doesn't think that he's the only commission member that is against tearing down East Clinton. He said he can only speak for himself, but he knows his other commission members well and thinks that getting approval for tearing down the school will be a very unlikely outcome. According to Burwell, Bob Broadway's company was scheduled to present their application to the commission in February.

"The application didn't have all the details," said Burwell. "And quite frankly, when you're trying to tell what you're going to replace the building being destroyed with, there's a lot of data that has to be produced."

Burwell says he is familiar with the Broadway Group and he hopes that they can figure out something that works in the best interest of the neighborhood.

"We certainly will hear what Bob has to say," said Burwell. "I know Bob, he is a member of my church and a friend and I wish him well, I just hope he can find another project to develop instead of the property at East Clinton School."

Burwell says he expects a decision on the demolition to be made at the commission's next hearing on March 11th.

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