Madison developer Chris Jaye walks through a former classroom on the second floor of the old Brodhead Middle School. Past owners stripped the building down and left unsalvagable materials piled around the school.
One of the last desks remaining in the old Brodhead Middle School sits discarded near the second-floor bathrooms, their sinks and toilets shattered so that former owners could easily get at the pipes to take and sell.
In addition to the build at the old Brodhead Middle School, normal age-related issues will have to be addressed, like asbestos, lead paint, and mold, as well as advanced decay in some parts of the building.
A former student who now does grounds-keeping for the old Brodhead Middle School property became very emotional when he first stepped back into the old gym, said Madison developer Chris Jaye. The floors had buckled to such extreme extent that a wrong step could break a hole through the hard wood.
Madison developer Chris Jaye walks along the buckling floor in the old Brodhead Middle School gym. He has saved a number of historical pieces from the school and hopes the Brodhead logo can be saved as well.