Fairview Elementary closed in 2010.
WALKER, Mich. (WZZM)-A local chapter of The Salvation Army is backing off buying a shuttered school.
Roger Snider, spokesman for The Salvation Army of Western Michigan, says the organization withdrew its offer for Fairview Elementary on October 1. Snider says leaders of The Salvation Army decided the site was not the most appropriate place to expand the organization's "Turning Point" substance abuse program. The decision came after The Salvation Army received two petitions with signatures from more than 400 community members, opposing the proposal.
Fairview Elementary closed in 2010. The Michigan State Police have used it before as a training ground.
Snider says no other properties are under consideration for the expansion.