Plans move forward for Old Linden Street School site in Plainville

Plans move forward for Old Linden Street School site in Plainville


PLAINVILLE — Nearly a year after the Old Linden Street School was demolished, the sign from the historic building has been displayed once again on the site.

“I think it’s going to be an area where people can go and relax,” said Nancy Eberhardt, the chairperson of the Linden Street School committee.

The committee has been working on ideas for the site since the building, vacant since 2009, was torn down last summer.

The sign used to be over the entrance on the East Maple Street side of the old building and is on the new brick sign installed on the corner of East Maple and Linden Streets. Memorials, benches and a gazebo are all in the works.

New sidewalks were recently installed for access to the site which neighbors the new Linden Street Elementary School.

“There’s been good progress made so far,” said Town Manager Robert Lee.

The school was recently awarded a $5,800 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain to create an outdoor learning space and reading courtyard which will be created on the old site.

The idea is to install benches to arch around the Linden tree to act as an outdoor classroom. The grant will be used to purchase the benches.

Several items from the old school were saved including an archway, a bell from the courtyard, and various memorials of students who had died.

“We have all the commemorative pieces that will go back on the site,” said Eberhardt.

A dedication ceremony will be held soon for a new sundial on the site in memory of Mary Rose Faith DiMinno, a former Linden Elementary School student. The sundial will be donated by the DiMinno family and will be able to be used for educational lessons.

A gazebo was also donated by the Rotary Club to replace the old gazebo from the historic school.

Eberhardt said the committee is planning on having memorial bricks being placed on the side of the walkways. 203-317-2448 Twitter: @KusReporter

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