When Philly schools close, what happens to the buildings?

Publication: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Author: Kristen A. Graham

02/12/2013 - If plans move forward to shut one in six Philadelphia schools, what happens to the discarded buildings?

A newly-released examination of other big-city school districts' closures by the Pew Charitable Trust shows that charter schools are likely to snap up some of the buildings. Pew found that more than 40 percent of cities' closed buildings were re-used by charters.

In big cities, Pew warns, districts often fetch less money for the properties than they were expecting. Old schools, some of which have inflexible layouts and are in tough neighborhoods, can languish on the real estate market for years.

"The challenge of finding new uses for old buildings is daunting, and the downside of letting them sit idle can be significant," the report concludes.

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