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Demolition of former University City High School site has begun

January 22, 2015

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The demolition of Charles Drew Elementary School has begun. Photo by Marina Krikorian.

Demolition work has begun on buildings at University City High School site, which was purchased by Drexel University last year. The 14-acre property, which also includes the shuttered Charles Drew Elementary School building (pictured), was acquired from the School District of Philadelphia last summer. Drexel’s nearly $1 billion development plan for the location includes construction of a K-8 public school surrounded by residential, retail, and recreational space. The construction project, led by Drexel University City Development, LLC, is expected to create 4,300 construction jobs, and to house 3,700 employees after its completion.

5 Comments For This Post

  1. Strongforu Says:

    Glad to hear there will be a K-8 school at the site. I look forward to seeing the site plans.

  2. MIke Says:

    3601 Filbert St Philadelphia, PA 19104

  3. Wakeup Says:

    Last I heard the K-8 school was not going to be built. Anyone have any updates?

  4. Powel parent Says:

    Last I heard they are planning to build a new K-8, though officially it will be two schools in the same building – Powel continuing as a larger K-4 and a separately administered 5-8 operated potentially by the folks involved with the Science Leadership Academy. Of course Drexel plans to build their own real estate projects first before they begin construction on the new public school.

  5. LW Says:

    >Of course Drexel plans to build their own real estate projects first before they begin construction on the new public school.

    Drexel is pretty much broke. It is the ‘partner’ in the deal (Wexford) who will build their own real estate projects.








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