Bid to demolish Shingle Creek school is put off for added study

  • Updated: July 24, 2012 - 11:46 PM

The school district said it will likely appeal the decision. Until then, building's historical significance will be explored further. id persistent vandalism costs it at least $35,000 annually.

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A city planner says Shingle Creek Elementary’s unusual design, with clusters of classrooms connected by enclosed walkways, makes it worth saving.

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The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission on Tuesday denied a bid to raze the closed Shingle Creek Elementary School, but the Minneapolis School District said it expects to appeal that decision to the City Council.

The denial was accompanied by interim protection of the school at 5034 Oliver Av. N. for 12 to 18 months while there's further study of whether the building is worthy of local designation as historically significant.

The decision upset Carol McCrillis, who lives across from the school and complained of frequent police calls to the building to deal with intruders.

"I'm concerned about how much tax money is going into this white elephant," she said.

Clyde Kane, the district's interim facilities director, said the one-story building is subject to "serious vandalism problems," with the district keeping a glazier on call for broken windows that cost at least $35,000 annually.

But the commission gave weight to a staff recommendation that the building be evaluated because it represents a school in keeping with its postwar neighborhood, is significant within that neighborhood and embodies a 1950s architectural style of classrooms in pods.

The council overturned a similar commission stand against demolition of 1970s-era Peavey Plaza earlier this year.

STEVE BRANDT

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