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Thursday, August 24, 2017 4:10 pm

Elmhurst buyer plans to demolish school

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne Community Schools' shuttered Elmhurst High School now belongs to a company that plans to demolish the building.

Hanson Aggregates Midwest LLC announced today it completed its $600,000 purchase of the Sandpoint Road property, which comprised two parcels totaling almost 28 acres.

The school board approved the sale last week.

The company, which began operating at Ardmore Quarry in 1929 just south of the school, viewed the Elmhurst property as a "strategic opportunity to secure future limestone reserves" and extend its longevity as an employer, plant manager Brett Pepple said in a statement.

Hanson has mined sand, gravel and limestone that has been used in various construction projects, including Fort Wayne International Airport and Parkview Field, at the quarry continuously for 88 years, he said.

The company did not say when the building will be razed.

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