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St. Patrick's High School demolition begins in Halifax

The demolition of the former St. Patrick's High School in Halifax started Monday with heavy equipment rolling onto the property and backhoes punching holes in the walls.

City says the process to finalize the proposed design for site redevelopment is expected in the fall

The demolition of the former St. Patrick's High School in Halifax started Monday with heavy equipment rolling onto the property and backhoes punching holes in the walls. 1:05

The demolition of St. Patrick's High School in Halifax started Monday with heavy equipment rolling onto the property and backhoes punching holes in the walls.

The site stretches almost a hectare and a half and its future use remains uncertain. Three options for a mix of commercial and residential development are still under consideration.

The city says the process to finalize the proposed design concept is expected to finish in the fall. Spokeswoman Tiffany Chase says 450 people have completed an online survey. That's up from 170 people a week ago. 

"While we will be selling it, we're going make sure that we get something really great back out of this facility for all people and to make sure the developer is really clear on what the public wants," she said.

"They [will] have clarity on what they can build and it will end up contributing to the community as a whole." 

Demolition began this morning on the building. (CBC)

For many former students of the school that opened in 1954, Monday was all about the memories.

Tammy Fader started at St. Patrick's in 1985 and took some time Monday to watch the demolition and relive a few memories.

"We stood there many a day having a puff when we weren't supposed to outside these doors," she said.

She said it was sad to see the building go and was remembering the school dances, high school crushes and the many friends she made and still has today.

As walls were torn down, there was a clear view into hallways that still had lockers lining them.

Tammy Fader started at St. Patrick's in 1985 and stopped by on Monday to watch the demolition. (CBC)

"I can see my locker from Grade 11 right there," Fader said. "I was wondering should I get the door? Should I ask them for the door? Would that be weird? I could put it in my shed on the wall at the very least."

If she can't get a locker door, Fader hopes to grab a piece of concrete, or a hunk of history as she calls it.

She says she'll put it in her garden at home as a reminder of the school she loved.

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