Heavy equipment tears down a portion of Fort Lowell Elementary, 5151 E. Pima St., earlier this week. The building is set to be replaced with a one-story, 47,300-square foot transitional care center serving 72 patients in need of post surgical or injury care.

Demolition of the former Fort Lowell Elementary School in central Tucson is underway.

The site, which was closed by the Tucson Unified School District in 2010 as a cost-saving measure, was sold for $1.1 million, and is slated to become home to a 47,300-square-foot transitional care center.

The center, built by developer Mainstreet, would serve up to 72 patients who need care after a surgery or injury. A future phase could include two outpatient medical offices of 14,000 to 15,000 square feet each on the north side of the 8.5-acre property.

The Tucson City Council approved new zoning for the vacant school, on East Pima Street near North Rosemont Boulevard, in March.