Ridges Building Demolition Set For March

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The days are numbered for a historical building on Ohio University's campus that some Athens community members say they hope can still be saved.

The demolition of the old tuberculosis ward building at The Ridges is scheduled to take place next month, says university spokeswoman Katie Quaranta.

Quaranta did not give a specific date.

Athens County Historical Society and Museum Director Ron Luce says he reached out to the university a number of times to discuss the fate of the old building, but felt the efforts of the ACHSM "have largely been ignored."

The project is part the Ohio University 2013 Capital Plan that was approved by OU trustees last June.

Quaranta says university leaders weighed possible options for the building and met with members of the historical society before deciding to raze the building. 

The property in question was last used as a special education center known as the Beacon School.

Luce says the "needless destruction of historically significant properties should be the concern of everyone" and he is concerned the upcoming demolition could lead to the tearing down of other properties at The Ridges.

Quaranta says "there are no plans in place to demolish other buildings at The Ridges."