Morning Headlines: Tense Negotiations Around University City High School Site

University City High School. Photo via Wikimedia.

University City High School. Photo via Wikimedia.

PlanPhilly reports that a deal between Drexel University and community groups setting the terms for Drexel’s development of the former University City high school site is likely to be completed this afternoon. Drexel wants to buy the site of the shuttered school from the school district for $25 million, but first wants to secure a zoning change for the site from City Council.

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John Fry to Powelton Village: We’re in Your Corner

Detail from image of UCHS from GreatPhillySchools.org

What would the residents of Powelton Village like to see Drexel University do with the University City High School site? Top of the list: create a new K-8 public school to augment the highly regarded Samuel Powel School.

What would be the last thing they want to see on the site? More student housing.

What is Drexel University’s top development priority for the UCHS property? Build a new, university-assisted K-8 public school. What won’t it put on the site? New dorms.

Neither Drexel University President John Fry nor the civic leaders, architects and planners who organized a March 5 planning workshop at 38th Street and Lancaster Avenue had spoken to each other before the event, but comments Fry made in a post-workshop interview made it seem as though he had read their minds.

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