Morning Headlines: Former William Penn High on North Broad to Be Demolished
While a specific project has yet to rear its head, the former William Penn High School building on North Broad, a structure that’s been vacant since its closing in 2011, is closer to being demolished to make room for a new construction by Temple University.
NewsWorks’ Bill Hangley reports the Philadelphia Planning Commission has granted Temple permission to raze the site, which the university bought last year, while also approving the school’s planned library and additional buildings.
What awaits the property post demolition is anyone’s guess as “there’s still a lot of talk”, according to Tom McCreesh, Temple’s director of facilities. However, Hangley writes that Temple spokesman Ray Beltzer confirmed the school would “use the new building to house some community job-training programs – part of a plan that was first discussed when Temple bought the William Penn campus last year.” So no, this won’t be the site of Temple’s long-rumored football stadium.
McCreesh stated razing of the building would commence “shortly.”
Once Temple is “ready to unveil its plans,” Hangley adds, the university will have to get another approval from the commission.
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