City of Bryan files demolition order for historic Bowie Elementary School

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) -- A project that was supposed to turn a historic building in Bryan into high-end apartments might be a thing of the past. The City of Bryan has issued a demolition order, terminating their redevelopment agreement with the owner of Bowie Elementary.

Construction on the former Bowie Elementary school was supposed to begin in February, but that didn't happen.

Now, the City of Bryan wants the building repaired or torn down, saying the building has deteriorated to a point that it was deemed dangerous and is "likely to partially or fully collapse." The city's original notice gave developers until Sunday, August 18 to bring the project into compliance or demolish and clear the historic building.

Randall Spradley, a former part-owner of the building who spoke to KBTX about its redevelopment in 2017, said other projects delayed the progress of the Bowie renovation. Spradley sold his interest in the property three years ago, but continued to develop the project.

A GoFundMe page created by Spradley to raise money for construction says $12,800 was donated to help the cause. The money was supposed to go toward equipment, labor, and physical work for the building. Spradley claims that money has been refunded back to donors.

Spradley says he believes the city’s order is nonsense and the building is not at imminent risk of collapsing.

The current owner of the building filed a lawsuit against the city in June, saying the demolition order isn't supported by substantial evidence.

The Brazos County District Clerk says a hearing has not been set yet.