M R Paving & Excavating workers demolish the former Highland Manor nursing home on North Highland Avenue on Monday in New Ulm.
Highland Manor, which was the predecessor to Oak Hills Living Center, was purchased by Martin Luther College in 1995 and used for dorms until 1997. At that time, a portion of the building was renovated to accommodate an early childhood learning center. Demolition of the building will be followed by the construction of a new early childhood center operated by MLC. The college is expanding its early childhood center to meet the demand for training teachers who will be placed in similar centers in schools operated by Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.
The new center will be located on the northern part of the cleared lot. Anticipated occupancy date is Sept. 1. The expanded center will have space for infants and toddlers.
An apartment building for senior independent living will be built on the southwest portion of the lot. The construction of the apartment building could begin this summer and is expected to take about a year.