Preparations for Demey School demolition underway
Penn State Harrisburg has begun preparing for the demolition of the Alice Demey Elementary School, set to take place later this month. A security fence has been installed around the project and actions have been taken to preserve and protect trees on the site. Interior work will begin soon.
The school, located at Wharton and Catherine Streets in Middletown and adjacent to the Penn State Harrisburg campus, was purchased by Penn State after the Middletown School District closed the building for good in 2003.
Due to the age, condition and general inability to renovate the building, engineers determined that it would be more prudent to raze the structure. In the future, Penn State Harrisburg plans to use the site for recreational space for students and the public, parking, and possibly student housing.
The school, formerly named Grandview Elementary School, was renamed for Alice Demey, a teacher in the Middletown School District for 50 years. She passed away in 2010. A permanent marker honoring Demey will be placed at the site following construction.