NUTLEY, NJ - Monday morning may start off with a bang as the Davis Building, known to many in town as 'the Bike Shop building,' is torn down. The structure is owned by the Township of Nutley.
The property was purchased by the township with the goal of demolishing it to accomodate the expansion of John H. Walker Middle School (JHWMS). The expansion was planned to include a new wing on the south side of the building to accommodate all sixth grade students in one building, leading to a true junior high school education model. The plan to expand JHWMS was rejected by residents in a narrowly defeated referendum.
The building made headlines in February after a fire. At the time, it was reported that the building would be torn down soon. Nutley police recently reported that the nostalgic bike shop sign was stolen.
Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order halting construction and demolition because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, allows for demolition when there is a safety concern. The bike shop building meets that criteria, especially after the damage caused by the February fire.
Monday's demolition is dependent on favorable weather.
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