Before moving to its current home at 16th and Wharton, G.W. Childs Elementary School was located at 17th and Tasker in the Point Breeze neighborhood of South Philadelphia.
This building, which is over a century old, was put on the market three years-ago, and valued at $1.25 million. As the signs clearly indicate, the building/property has yet to find an owner. This, of course, raises lots of questions regarding whether the city’s/School Reform Commission’s idea to sell vacant school buildings as a means of raising money is actually a good one.
That is, if no one has bought this building in a rapidly gentrifying and growing neighborhood such as Point Breeze, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to assume no one would want to buy a former school building in a neighborhood that isn’t in such demand.