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Wyandotte Senior Citizen Housing Project Falls Through at Site of Closed Elementary School

School officials plan to put the former McKinley Elementary School back on the market.

Wyandotte school officials are back to square one in figuring out what to do with the site of the former McKinley Elementary School now that a planned development has fallen through.

Royal Oak-based GWI Properties Inc. had proposed purchasing the land at 640 Plum and

That plan, however, was contingent on the company securing a grant to help fund the work. Company officials recently notified the school district that the grant fell through and therefore, their purchase offer was being rescinded.

said the district plans to relist the property for sale.

"We need to do something," she said. "There is concern it will deteriorate if it just sits there."

GWI had offered $225,000 for the building, but Harting said it won't be listed with a set price.

"We'll entertain offers and see what we get," she said, adding that GWI's was the only offer they received when it was first put up for sale.

The McKinley property sits on 2.7 acres and has been vacant since 2009 when school officials closed the building in a cost-cutting move.

Bridgette April 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM
I would love to see the city by this property and turn it into a large park with baseball diamonds, a functioning tennis court, and perhaps a walking path like at Pulaski. This end of town needs something now that the school is closed.
Eula Grooms April 12, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Don't tear it down! The building is irreplaceable. Wyandotte is slowly losing it's historical charm with each structure that goes down. Lofts would be an interesting alternative. The Wyandotte Cultural and Historical Commission would be glad to help in any way that we can. Ideas anyone? Eula grooms Eula Grooms
Jeffrey Kesterson April 12, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Dog Park!
Roberta Hess Calhoun April 12, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Some thoughts: A center for higher learning, combined with a daycare. A weekend marketplace. An arts center & museum. Come'on brainstorm...do not tear it down!
Aimee Owens April 12, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I agree 100% with you Bridgette! I live on this side of town, this school is the only park on this side of town, and needless to say, it needs some work!! I drive my kids to different parks in the city even though I live 2 blocks away from this one. There isn't enough for the kids to do and it has not been updated in a long time. Even if they do not tear the building down, I would still love to see the only park on this side of town updated and safe for our children!
Sarah Hayes April 12, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Dog park! I second that!
Shellie Cade April 13, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Ohh it would be a perfect place to do something like the farmers market.. But what I have thought since it was closed that it would make a awesome building to make it a city wide preschool instead of having them in all the local elementary school and high school.. It seems to me like they are "cramming" to much into the schools where they could use more class rooms and having all the preschoolers in one school where they could socialize would also be nice !!

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