Demolition of Buist, Memminger, and Charleston Progressive set to begin 

Wrecking Ball

Buist Academy, Memminger Elementary, and the Charleston Progressive Academy — your days are numbered. During Monday's Charleston County School Board meeting, the board officially signed off on plans to bring a wrecking ball to the three "seismically challenged" peninsula schools. No concrete demolition dates have been set.

According to Charleston County School District Communications Specialist Jason Sakran, the district plans to submit paperwork for the permitting process this week. He expects the demolition to begin within the next few weeks.

Sakran adds that Memminger and Charleston Progressive will be totally demolished, while Buist will only be partially so. The work at Buist is expected to last 120 days, finishing up around Oct. 15, while Memminger is scheduled for 150 and Charleston Progressive at 158. The latter two projects should be finished by Nov. 15 and Nov. 30, respectively.

The total cost of the demolition process is $2.8 million, with Memminger costing $870,970, Charleston Progressive $1,481,400, and Buist $472,147.

The Charleston County School District is working with the City of Charleston to address any traffic concerns the demolition process might create.


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