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No go on restoring Pleasant Ridge School


April 22, 2020

SADLY, THE SCHOOL CAN’T BE SAVED – She is too far gone, neglected for too long. High hopes that the 1891 Pleasant Ridge School on Valentine Road west of Best Road could be saved were dashed – smashed – by a structural engineer’s report earlier this month. The building will be razed.  – Photo by Ken Stern

Results from an engineering feasibility study has halted plans to restore the historic Pleasant Ridge School.

The study was commissioned by Cemetery District 1, which acquired the school and its surrounding acreage in 2017 from owners who had held it for about 50 years. The District wanted more acreage and hoped to turn the much-beloved schoolhouse into a meeting place for memorial services and other community events.

After decades of neglect, including long years of service as a storage shed for lawnmower repair, the schoolhouse was in rough condition. The District removed trash from the...

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