Crews demolishing Flood Middle School

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.The resounding crash of falling bricks, wood and debris replaced the normal quiet at Kenyon and Lincoln June 13 as demolition of Flood Middle School began.

On the morning of June 14, Alpine Demolition had two men on the job — one man at the controls of the 450-ton backhoe excavator and the other spraying water on the site to keep down the dust.

The equipment operator used the power of the machine to pull down walls, rip out supports and knock down floors. He also used the jaws of the bucket to delicately lift pieces of metal from the debris and drop them in a separate pile to be recycled.

The excavator pulled down outside walls exposing former classrooms that still include some fixtures like an occasional desk or bookcase.

Billy Major, head of project general contractor Major Environmental, said the demolition would take about a month.

“Crews are demolishing a building that is probably a total of 115,000 square feet. It is a big job and the crews will do it a step at a time,” he said. “They will continue to take down much of the south end of the building and then move north, gradually clearing the concrete floor, which is a better surface for operating the backhoe. The debris will be piled up on site. There will be separate piles including the piles of bricks and metal that will be recycled. Once the building is down, they will begin trucking the debris away to clear the site.”

The property covers about 4.4 acres, which includes the 109,000-square-foot school building that fronts on Broadway for almost two blocks as well as a sizable, grass-covered lot to the east across Lincoln Street.

Once the school building is demolished and the site cleared, plans are to construct a complex containing 310 apartments. There will be two, four-story buildings, one on the Flood site and one on the grassy lot to the east. The concept is to design the buildings so all tenant parking is on the site.

Charlene Overhill pulled her car to the curb and got out to watch the demolition.

“I hate to see this happen. That was my school and I have fond memories of my years there and the friends I made when we lived in Englewood,” the Littleton resident said. “I just happened to be in the area and wanted to see the site while most of the building was still standing. I guess our beloved school is just a victim of time and progress.”

The demolition crew first knocked down the southeast corner of the building, demolishing the music room and the area around it.

“I spent 30 years in that room as Flood music director,” David Shupe said as he watched the demolition. “Then, just like that, it is a pile of rubble.”

As the crew continued work, Shupe noted the demolition team was knocking down the walls over the Flood main entrance and pulling down the walls and floors of what used to be the main administration offices.

Flood Middle School is located at 3695 S. Lincoln St. The building was constructed in 1920 and housed the middle school and high school until Englewood High School was built in 1951.

The school district made the decision in 2009 to move all Flood students to Sinclair Middle School, which was renamed Englewood Middle School.

At the same time, the school board decided to put the Flood site up for sale.

The district sold the Flood building and site for slightly more than $1.8 million.

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