GLEN DALE – A large concrete building just north of John Marshall High School will be demolished this winter to make way for the Marshall County Schools Natatorium for years to come.
The building once served as a second-hand parking lot before being converted into a doctor’s office, where Dr Carlos Jimenez once practiced medicine.
Jimenez has since moved his practice to Wheeling, leaving the building empty. The building and its rear parking lot, just off 10th Street, will be demolished from late December to January.
The structure and its paving will then be left fallow during the design of the neighborhood natatorium. The contract to demolish the structure was awarded to Savage Construction Co. Tuesday evening at a cost of $ 133,000.
Marshall County School Facilities Director Mike Price said the demolition will begin in December, once the details are sorted out and the paperwork completed, and will then need to be treated with care due to the proximity of the homes to home and the high-traffic area of W.Va. 2.
“The demo challenge, obviously, are the Route 2 and 10th Street areas here, especially 10th Street since we’re opposed to it. We’re going to make sure we keep that stabilized while we remove the building, ”Price said.
“… This is really the perfect time to do a demolition project, because as the weather starts to get colder, we are trying to protect the residential area. We will do the dust removal, which means we will spray it with water, which will keep dust from cars, houses, things like that, ”he added. “The safety aspect, up to Route 2, is critical. I think we have a good entrepreneur, who knows these scenarios well.
The office was bought a few years ago from Jimenez, whom Price wanted to thank for his cooperation in the negotiations. Once the demolition is complete, the site will be assessed for ground stabilization and any other needs the area may face before construction begins in earnest.
The natatorium is not yet in the design phase, but Price said that, more than just a competition-style pool, the facility will host a shallow end, where younger children can learn to swim.
Assuming the weather cooperates and the demolition is complete by the end of January, Price is hoping they can innovate on the Natatorium in late summer or early fall 2022.
Price added that the stand-alone structure is not based on any local natatoria, as other local facilities are connected to the schools they support. A stand-alone natatorium faces its own set of complications, Price said, but does not expose the school to any security risk.
“The best local (by comparison) would probably be Steubenville. What they have in Park, Brooke, and Steubenville is tied to their high school. This is a self-contained building, which has its own challenges – we cannot feed off the systems that are installed there, ”he said. “… Which is a good thing, in my eyes, because … a facility that is not connected to a high school, that we can really secure and use for our elementary and middle schools, for them to learn to swim, we can build a program for ourselves.
“We don’t have to worry about security from encroaching on high schools. “
Price said the site of the building to be demolished and its land will likely be part of the Natatorium parking lot, which will occupy the space currently used as the north end of the JMHS parking lot. This land is currently leased to WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital as an employee parking lot, and will not be a problem for JMHS staff and students, who use other parts of the land.
Details such as square footage and the implementation of other facilities, such as weight training areas, were still pending on Wednesday, but he said there were several items on their wishlist.
“It will depend on the school administration, the principal and the sports director. … The pool is going to have an element of learning to swim. It won’t be an Olympic size pool just for competition, but we will have a shallower end and what we will call a learn to swim area, ”said Price. “We look forward to teaching kids the sport and then hopefully developing them into competitive swimmers as they progress to John Marshall.”