Left to languish, some Philadelphia School District buildings have become dangerous neighborhood eyesores, a review of vacant school properties found.
In the review released this morning, City Controller Alan Butkovitz found that two schools are “drug havens” with “extremely unsanitary conditions,” including used syringes, needle caps, human waste and piles of garbage. Drug parapharnelia was found at the Rudolph Walton School, 2601 N. 28th Street, and the Simon Muhr School, 12th and Allegheny.
Three schools have become “locations for crime” with robbery, theft, drug possession and assault occurring on site.
There were serious structural problems at three schools, including exposed rebar, broken and falling cement and cracks along brick walls. Butkovitz recommended immediate demolition of one school - the former Roberto Clemente Middle School at 3921 N. 5th Street.