Since the Philadelphia school district sold dozens of shuttered schools at auction in 2014, plans have been revealed for what the future of two former high school grounds will entail. The Philadelphia Tribune reported that the site where West Philadelphia's University City High School once stood will be redeveloped into a 6 million-square-foot mixed-use development with lab, office, residential, and retail space. Wexford Science and Technology and the University City Science Center partnered together for the development and also plan to construct parking amenities on the site. The project will cost over $1 billion and will be built in multiple phases with the first slated to complete in a little over two years. For the former William Penn High School site in North Philadelphia, there are plans to redevelop the 554,000-square-foot site into an athletic complex and a job training academy for Temple University's Career & Technical Education Center.
· Old memories, new hopes for former Philly high school grounds [The Philadelphia Tribune]