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Point Breeze community continuing to fight for Smith School

The Smith School at 19th and Wharton was one of the schools put up for sale in 2013, along with Vare in Pennsport and the now-transformed Bok.

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Since the school’s closure, nearby residents have been fighting to get it back as an educational institution instead of becoming a development site for Concordia Group.  Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

Tentative agreement reached for Concordia Group’s plans for development of Walter G. Smith School

The Concordia Group has been working to buy some of the city’s shuttered schools, including Point Breeze’s Walter Smith School and the Vare School in Pennsport. The schools first went up for sale in 2013.

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The developer’s plans for Walter Smith include converting the location for residential use. Residents have been resistant of the plans in the past, but a tentative agreement has now been reached with the Point Breeze CDC to begin moving the process forward. This agreement would require the development of the Walter Smith School at 19th and Wharton to include space for the use of the community.

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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

Demolition notice mistakenly placed on historic 19th Street Baptist Church

The community trying to save the 19th Street Baptist Church had a bit of a scare early this week.

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A demolition notice was mistakenly placed on the 142-year-old building at 1253 S. 19th St., leading many to believe that this structure that was previously cited by the city for collapsing walls would be torn down for good. The notice posted stated the address of 1300 S. 19th St., which is not the location of the church, but for the auditorium of the shuttered Walter G. Smith School down the street to be demolished.

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