Bricks began to fall Wednesday morning as construction crews began demolition on the 1915 Beacon Hill Elementary building near downtown.
On Tuesday morning, Beacon Hill Academy students raced around their campus to celebrate Fiesta, getting doused by water from a fire truck.
The City Council decision marked the end of a long tug-of-war over the 1915 Beacon Hill building and whether it should be preserved.
A tentative agreement has been reached to move forward with the demolition of a historic campus building on SAISD’s Beacon Hill Academy campus.
In an abnormally rowdy night at the Historic and Design Review Commission, parents, former students, and faculty of Beacon Hill Academy tearfully implored commissioners to ease the way toward demolition for an unused 1915 campus building on the school’s grounds.
If the demolition permit is granted, SAISD would request bids from contractors, take bids to trustees for a vote, and then initiate the process.
Parents previously asked SAISD and the City to find a path forward through demolition or renovation. On Friday, they called for the building’s demolition.
Even though the firm “had hoped for the possibility of restoration” prior to its site visit, it concluded that the building is “not salvageable.”
A March 1 deadline looms, at which time Councilman Roberto Treviño has promised to present a plan for the dilapidated building’s future.