On February 16, 2017, the Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education approved the demolition of the North half of the Lahser building. This section of the building was found, through the extensive Master Property Planning (MPP) Process, to have no future use for the district. The demolition is scheduled to begin after asbestos abatement completes at the end of February. Demolition is anticipated to be completed by June 1st. Field access will be uninterrupted and programs that occupy the South half have been notified. The demolition of the North half will create wonderful summer grass space for families to enjoy, while the district continues to brainstorm the overall plan of the site.
On January 19th, the Board of Education will vote on the demolition of the North half of the Lahser building. Through our extensive Master Property Planning (MPP) work (www.bloomfield.org/MPP), we found no viable use for the North section of the building. While the district will continue to explore partnership options and potential uses for the site and the South half of the building (which includes a good portion of the interior athletic and fine arts spaces), demolishing the North side now will enable us to save the cost associated with "simmering" the building through the winter months. We anticipate approximately $200,000 in annual carrying cost savings from the demolition of this portion of the building.
In the coming weeks, the district will continue to explore the options for the remaining portion of the Lahser site. We do not anticipate this will change our original intention to maintain use of the fields for the spring/summer athletic season. We will thoroughly investigate all possibilities before taking action on the South half of the building.
For updates on our Master Property Planning or to see the process we've conducted thus far, please visit: www.bloomfield.org/MPP.
An additional date has been added to pick up bricks at Lahser near the fieldhouse: January 4, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. There is a garage door over by maintenance that will be open during the collection times and a staff member will be available to help you find your brick and take it home. Read more for complete information about bricks, tiles and other memorabilia.
Residents who wish to collect memorabilia from Hickory Grove or Pine Lake or are interested in tile and brick collection,
can visit our website: www.bloomfield.org/PLHG.
The Master Property Planning Process (MPP) is coming to a close. After many months of community dialogue, research, and sifting through proposals, we are nearly complete with this phase of our district planning.
After doing extensive background research on the five school sites in our Master Property (MPP) process, including examining enrollment trends, market conditions, and listening to many community focus groups over the past year, decisions and actions are starting to take shape...
After conducting a lengthy "Master Property Planning" process, the Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education voted June 29, 2016 to sell a parcel of land, known as "Wabeek", to Hunter Pasteur Homes Baron Estates, LLC for $3.5 million. In the same meeting, the Board of Education also voted to proceed toward demolition of the former Hickory Grove Elementary School and the former Pine Lake Elementary School.
Since the 2014-2015 school year, Bloomfield Hills Schools has engaged in the community in a Master Property Planning process. This Master Property Planning is determining the best use for the buildings and properties no longer housing specific school programming as of September 2015.
The process is being conducted in the overall context of the district's anticipated programming needs, enrollment trends, building capacities, and physical plant needs for each of the following buildings: former Lahser High School excluding outdoor athletic fields; former Hickory Grove Elementary; former Pine Lake Elementary; vacant parcel on Long Lake Road adjacent to the Wabeek development; other currently utilized district facilities that may need to be considered for redistribution of enrollment and/or grade levels if the process uncovers potentially significant benefits in doing so. The focus of the process is creating opportunities for the future while also optimizing building utilization and reducing the infrastructure burden on the district. The process welcomes creative ideas and the discovery of mutually beneficial partnerships that benefit the district and community as a whole. A set of facilitators continue to guide the district through the process of collecting input from stakeholders via several focus groups, meetings, and survey tools.
Master Property Planning Update, July 19, 2016
After doing extensive background research on the five school sites in our Master Property (MPP) process, including examining enrollment trends, market conditions, and listening to many community focus groups over the past year, decisions and actions are starting to take shape.