RARITAN, NJ - Demolition of the Washington School on First Avenue is expected to begin at the end of April, according to a report from Raritan Borough Councilman James Foohey.

Raritan Borough took ownership in 2016 of the Washington School property from Somerset County, which has owned it for years. The borough took ownership for $1, and the county committed to demolishing the building, at no cost to the borough, because it would cost too much to repair.

The borough has been mulling over options for the 6-acre property, with the possibility of using the land for emergency services and the recreation department. No decisions have been made at this time.

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The ball fields to the north of the property will remain untouched.

Foohey said the county has already removed all the asbestos from the building, and is preparing to go out to bid for the demolition.

The hope, he said, is that the demolition will begin at the end of April, and finish sometime in July.