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Crews bring down the former milk processing plant on Pensupreme Dairy property on West Hamilton Avenue in York City. Bill Kalina

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A landmark of the York City skyline will soon be brought down to earth, but a new high school will rise in its place over the next year.

Demolition is underway at the former Pensupreme Dairy property on West Hamilton Avenue, with crews working to remove the milk processing plant on the south side of the street, said Lisa Wagman Glezer, vice president of Wagman Inc.

That phase of the demolition project is scheduled to be completed by July 21.

Once the plant and a karate studio are knocked down, crews will cross to the north side of the street to bring down the iconic Pensupreme Dairy smokestack and boiler building, Wagman Glezer said.

New school: When the dust settles and both sites are clear, employees from Wagman and Warehaus, formerly LCS Design, will get to work on a new high school for the York Academy Area Charter School. 

Wagman has been hired as the construction manager for the project, while Warehaus was selected as the architect to design the 65,000-square-foot school, according to a news release.

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In the release, York Academy CEO Dennis Baughman indicated he was pleased to have two local companies managing the school’s expansion project.

“The fact that we’ve partnered with a team right in the neighborhood is a bonus,” Baughman said. “The entire team also brings a strong commitment to the renewal of downtown York. Their interest in bringing this project to life is something really unique and an added perk to the project.”

The York Academy’s new building will allow the school to accommodate students from kindergarten through graduation by 2022.

The high school on West Hamilton Avenue will house grades eight through 12. York Academy officials plan to open the new school’s doors to eighth-grade students next fall and expand the facility by one grade each year. 

The building will feature five “academic houses” for the five grade levels and will feature a makerspace, a gymnasium, a movie theater and art rooms, according to the release.

The five houses will be located around a common-learning area, further helping “to promote the shift from teacher-centered instruction to pupil-centered learning,” the release states.

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