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Demolition of Westhaven Elementary School begins Wednesday morning

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A new era begins Wednesday at the shuttered Westhaven Elementary School on Hodge Road near East Shelby Drive, which is now closed because of numerous problems with the building.

Shelby County Schools administrators say it's time to tear the building down, which was built in 1956.

The school has been plagued with problems over the years, including holes in the ceiling, moldy pipes, and even asbestos issues.

In May, the Shelby County Commission approved millions of dollars for improvements and construction at more than two dozen schools, including Westhaven.

The school was shut down at the start of this school year, but supporters say they are excited to see the start of the upgrades. Supporter have been waiting 20 years for the upgrades.

A big crowd is expected to be at the school Wednesday to release balloons as demolition begins at 8 a.m.

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