The $1.4 million renovation project for the Telford YMCA began Wednesday morning, starting with razing four out of the five remaining Richmond City Schools buildings. Richmond High School was originally built in 1896 and became known as Richmond City (Colored) School for African-American children. After the 1954 ruling of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board, the school became integrated two years later. In 1973, the school was purchased by the Telford Community Center and became a chapter of the YMCA in 1986. Replacing the buildings will be new instruction classrooms, a new soccer field and 25 additional parking spots. Demolition will continue through Thursday and will take an additional week to clear the area. During the demolition, the back portion of the YMCA will be closed for safety.