Thursday, March 5, 2015

Philly schools for sale

City splits 12 doomed public schools among 4 brokerages for possible rebirth as apartments, offices, charter schools

Philly schools for sale posted here the list of Philadelphia public schools for sale as part of the city school district's slow collapse, along with a list of whom to call if you'd like to buy one. 

The district has split the sales among four prominent city brokerages: 

  Binswanger is marketing the Education Services Building a few blocks below 5th and South Sts., and the old John Paul Jones Middle and the old Frances Willard site.
  Grubb and Ellis gets Allegheney/Simon Muhr, George W. Childs in South Philly, Rudolph S. Walton/
  Walt D'Alessio's NorthMark gets Alcorn in South Philly, Beeeber in Wynnefield, Elizabeth Gillespie in North Philly.
  Concordis gets Ada Lewis uptown, the old Roberto Clemente School at 5th and Luzerne (location corrected), and the former West Philly High.

Several of the schools, notably the old West Philly High (like nearby West Catholic High, slated for closure in June), are on the edge of expanding middle-class residential areas and could attract apartment conversions. Other likely uses include public charter schools or offices.

Joseph N. DiStefano
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