ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly in Alaska has declared a middle school damaged by an earthquake to be a fire and health hazard, paving the way for potential demolition.
The Tuesday announcement came after workers hired by the borough found that Houston Middle School in the Anchorage suburb of Big Lake was far more damaged than officials had initially thought. The building suffered substantial damage after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in November 2018.
The school district had previously passed a resolution to repair parts of the school and replace others, but the newly discovered damage made demolishing the facility the less risky option.
“It is in the best interest, the safety, the health of everyone surrounding Huston Middle School — be it inside the school as students, faculty or parents, or even the construction workers — to start from