Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What to do with the old West Philly High?


There are currently many different ideas floating around right now (i.e. senior housing, condos, market-rate apartments, mixed-use, charter school, etc.). It's really just a matter of who wants to invest in it, do the neighbors like the proposal, and will the city approve it.

If you take a look through the pictures from the article, it's amazing to see how different things were built 100 years ago as compared to how they are built today. This was a school built with 97 classrooms and capable of holding almost 2,700 students (this was back in 1912). To give you perspective, the new West Philly High that was just built down the street currently has about 800 kids.

The good news is that the city is looking to sell this building sooner rather than later. The longer it sits, the more upkeep is needed (which costs money) and the worse it will be for the neighborhood (who wants to look at an old, abandoned school?).

My prediction is that the new zoning code will help move this property in the right direction. If I had to guess what it would become in the near future, I would say a charter school.

But hey, I could be totally wrong.

1 comment:

  1. We will visited there in the weakend with friend and enjoy our weakend there



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