Work begins to prepare former Elon Elementary School for demolition

Crews will begin tearing down the 66-year-old school in November.

Work is now underway at the former Elon Elementary School to prepare it for demolition later this year.

Following the completion of the preparation work inside the school, which was built in 1953, Greensboro-based D.H. Griffin will begin demolition in early November. The project will adhere to local noise restrictions, with work to be completed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The demolition of the school is not expected to disrupt foot or vehicular traffic along East Haggard Avenue, according to Brad Moore, university architect and director of planning, design and construction management.

Demolition should be complete by the end of the year, with the former school site converted into green space for the time being. After demolition is complete, the parking areas at the site will be opened for use, Moore said.

The university took possession of the school property following its construction of a new Elon Elementary School north of campus through a partnership with Alamance-Burlington School System. The new 94,500-square-foot school was presented to the school system this summer and opened to students at the start of the school year.

The relocation of the school has alleviated traffic congestion along heavily traveled East Haggard Avenue and provides the university with space for expansion in the future. Plans call for the former school site to be home to a future quad with residential and academic facilities.