Potential Borden School Demolition

The clock is ticking on the proposed demolition of the former Borden School building in Fall River. 


The City Council’s Committee on Real Estate held a meeting this week and discussed this topic. Representatives from Fall River’s Preservation Society asked them for more time to see if they could find a way to save the building. 


Currently, a search for necessary documents are underway in hopes of saving the property.


The City’s Chief Financial Officer said Corporation Counsel needs to get involved.


"We know that the purchase and sale was being sought after,” Mary Sahady said. “So, I'd like to go meet with Corporation Counsel to make sure it is not available.”


Sahady, who is also the city’s interim administrator, says this needs more research before it can proceed. 


“I’d like to pull the deed to make sure there are no restrictions on it,” she said. “I think we need to do some further investigation in regards to this particular sale.”


Attorney Matt Thomas explained that many city parcels that could be looking to sell are wetlands. The city’s planning departments will be asked what can be sold and what needs to be retained. 


City administrators will also be tasked to investigate the issues on Whitefield Street where flooding and building problems have frustrated residents for several years.