Project preserves beauty of picturesque Village of Westfield Center

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Westfield Center, Ohio - January 8, 2014 - Work continues that will preserve the beauty of Park Circle in the picturesque Village of Westfield Center, where the vacant Westfield School buildings are scheduled for removal and replacement by green space.

All salvage and site preparation has been completed in anticipation of suitable weather for taking down the structures. Although there is no definitive timeline due to weather conditions, The Ruhlin Company, general manager of the project, expects that work to begin in January.
 
The project is extensive and planned future work includes debris removal, fill, compaction and grading of the site prior to seeding in the spring. Work is not expected to disrupt traffic in the Village, however, residents and Westfield Group employees are advised to exercise caution during a period of higher activity in and around the former Westfield School grounds.
 
The Ruhlin Company was selected by Westfield Group based on their extensive experience in school building projects and outstanding record of safety. Westfield Group acquired the property following discussions initiated by the Village with the intent of preserving the character of Park Circle. Improvements for occupancy of the deteriorating buildings were made impractical by the condition of the property.

Efforts have been made to preserve artifacts from the buildings and property that commemorate the significance of the school to residents of the Village since its construction in 1923. Cornerstones, any existing time capsules and some brick will be salvaged and donated to the Westfield Historical Society.
 
"The Ruhlin Company has committed to do everything possible to complete the project to the highest standards of safety and without inconvenience to residents of the Village, our employees and guests," Kirk Barry, Westfield Group General Services Leader, said.

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