WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Around three years after it closed, the former Fairview Elementary School might reopen with a new purpose.
The Salvation Army would like to move its "Turning Point" substance abuse program into the former school on Hillside Drive in Walker.
Fairview closed in 2010. The Michigan State Police have used it before as a training ground. Monday night, the Salvation Army introduced the plan to Walker city officials. The school sits on10 acres of land and leaders of the Turning Point program say its location is ideal.
"We like that it's out of the inner city. Many times the people we serve are coming from an area and an environment that has a lot of drugs, so we like the idea of coming out, taking a step out and in that place, work on their addiction," says Dale Wanty of the Salvation Army.
The local chapter of the Salvation Army has until November to put together the full proposal. The group is working to get an architect to help them decide how to use the school building and the grounds.