November 2022 School buildings Update.
The asbestos abatement was completed in early October, except for the first-floor grade school windows which were found to contain asbestos in the sealant around the glass. They will be removed after the fencing is put up. The demolition of the Activities Building, Convent, Grade School, High School, Library and Overhang are pending. DTE has not yet disconnected the utilities, and the contractor cannot safely begin work until this is done. Once the demolition is completed, probably early in 2023, the historic St. Alphonsus Church will be visible from Warren Avenue and Schaefer Road. Enhanced parking and landscaping will be addressed in mid-2023. A driveway and parking will intertwine within the green space with the vision for an Our Lady of Fatima Statue, Stations of the Cross, and memorials. Both Bishop Battersby and Archbishop Vigneron support the parishes plan for its property. All four parcels west of Schaefer Road have been sold.
Meanwhile, the parish and alumni have been working to salvage and find new homes for various items from the schools and convent. These include the following:
The choral risers, science lab equipment, various desks, and furniture to Sacred Heart School, Dearborn.
Desks, furniture, and more science lab equipment to St. Catherine of Siena.
St. Joseph Ypsilanti- file cabinets, preschool tables, preschool chairs, desks, chemistry lab equipment, bookcases.
Divine Child- stainless steel kitchen worktables, pizza oven, rack type shelving units, warming oven, misc. kitchen equipment.
Light fixtures and misc. furniture from the convent went to a local antique resale shop.
Habitat for Humanity-A number of closet doors and miscellaneous woodwork from the high school, grade school chairs and tables, for their resale store.
A clock, folding chair and P.A. speaker from the high school were given to the Dearborn Historical Museum. The door from room 207 in the high school was set aside for them.
Two doors salvaged from the convent were repurposed to create a partition in the church next to the altar for the livestream control station.
The black curtain from the back of the stage to Dearborn Theater.
Alumni Association, gym folding chairs (sold out), gym floor pieces, some tiles from the gym lobby, the blue stage curtain, clocks. These items will be for sale as souvenirs at a later date.
Various other items have been salvaged and moved to a storage location for future use or disposition.
Two sale events were held, in August and October, to allow alumni and parishioners to purchase desks, furniture, and other items salvaged from the buildings.