03-05-07 Denison city council members voted to award a contractor the bid to demolish the old Denison High School building. After a 20 year campaign to raise adequate funds for the building, city officials say the best option is to tear the historic building down.
The building is located at the corner of West Main and North Barrett in Denison, and was built in 1913. The state listed the building as a historic building in danger of being destroyed.
Three years ago the city of Denison formed a committee to try and come up with other uses of the old building. It was purchased by non-profit company Denison Heritage, Inc., but in August the deed was given to the city of Denison.
It would have cost between six and ten million dollars to restore the building, said Denison mayor Robert Brady. He said right now it's a safety hazard, and an eye sore.
"Well you hate to see an old building be destroyed liked that, especially one that's such a big part of Denison," Brady said. "As you can see it's in a dilapidated state, and there's not any money to do the rehab."
Brady said the contractor has 180 days to demolish the building once the contract is signed. There's also a city committee in place to decide what to do with the property. Among the items on their list, a new public library.