County approves bid, moves forward with planned demolition of Charles Carroll

Emily Chappell
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The Board of County Commissioners moved forward with approving a demolition bid for the former Charles Carroll Elementary School.

Commissioners voted 5-0 to award the contract to P&J Contracting Company in the amount of $302,450. The vote was delayed by a week after Commissioner Richard Rothschild, R-District 4, brought up concerns over litigation against the company.

County staff came back Thursday and said it had looked into the litigation, and there were no major issues, before commissioners unanimously voted on the contract.

The commissioners voted unanimously in April to raze the current structure and build a new facility for $3.5 million, with a larger gym and multipurpose rooms for the community to use. Two possible plans were unveiled at the end of February, and the commissioners went forward with the one that involves tearing down the old facility and calls for a new, 12,000-square-foot structure. The building would be one story and would include a 6,800-square-foot gym with bleachers, as well as two multipurpose rooms.

While the building is being demolished, commissioners — especially Commissioner Stephen Wantz, R-District 1, whose district includes the former school — asked certain items from the school be saved, and that some be incorporated into the new facility.

The county plans to save the building’s front doors that face Md. 97, the Charles Carroll High School stone that sits on that side, about 2,000 bricks and the building’s cornerstones.

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