NUTLEY, NJ - The "bike shop building," known in some circles as 'the Davis property' met its fate Monday morning as a demolition crew came up from behind and tackled the old landmark.
Back in the day, when John H. Walker Middle School served as the high school, it was home to 'the Big Dip." The Big Dip was an ice cream / soda shop that was favored by the NHS boys. The girls, would go elsewhere for their after school treats.
The property itself was purchased by the township a few years ago with the goal of demolishing it to accommodate 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.
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