CORNING - Demolition crews are quickly nearing the historic clock tower section of the former Northside Blodgett school.

Neally-DeJong crews began razing the 96,400-square-foot building, which opened in 1927, in November and the entire structure is expected to be torn down and removed from the site by early March.

All sections at the old school site have been razed except for a portion of the old gymnasium, which anchors the clock tower.

C-PP Superintendent Mike Ginalski said once the clock tower is taken down, likely in early February, the district will house it at a location until further plans can be made for its future.

Northside High School Alumni Association members have long asked to have the clock tower section saved during the demolition and moved to a new location.

Bob Crocker, Alumni Association president, who feels the former Northside Blodgett High Schoo is part of his heart, said the association is excited C-PP and Arbor Housing have been so cooperative and generous.

Jeffrey Eaton, president and CEO of Arbor Housing, said crews will be razing the area of the clock tower and will let the C-PP school district and the Alumni Association form a plan for its future.

Once the site has been cleared, 26 property lots will be created and put up for sale, according to Arbor officials. Lots can be developed into single-family, market-rate homes.

The construction could begin as early as the spring. The approximate cost of a lot is $30,000.

Arbor officials believes a lot with a home at the site will cost about $225,000, and likely built with a cottage feel that would best fit with the Northside neighborhood.

Plans are to sell lots to developers, build market-rate homes for sale, and/or sell lots to potential homeowners.