FORUMS POSTPONED: What is the future for Philly’s closed school buildings? An invitation to have input in the process



The Philadelphia School District will continue to repurpose closed buildings for new uses to prevent vacant, outdated buildings from blighting neighborhoods and has plans to place approximately 20 properties up for sale through a request for proposal process. 


Philadelphia’s School District is partnering with the Penn Project for Civic Engagement at Penn’s Graduate School of Education to host 2 School Building Sale Awareness Forums so that communities and neighbors can (1) learn about the process used so far to identify appropriate buyers, (2) give input into what characteristics they consider important for quality reuse, and (3) learn about the different ways they can have input in this ongoing process. 


Philadelphia residents are invited to participate in these forums to learn about how the recent property sales were determined as well as the fiscal and legal obligations involved. Participants will contribute their ideas for quality development in their communities. 


The School District has committed to listening to the public and communicating how their input was used in its ongoing decisions about future school building sales. A public report summarizing community recommendations and ideas will be issued by the Penn Project for Civic Engagement in late May simultaneous to being given to the School District. 


The forums will be held: 

Tuesday, May 6 

The Enterprise Center

4548 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19139


Monday, May 12

Temple University-Student Faculty


3340 North Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19140


Both Events:

Registration 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Program 7:00pm – 9:00pm


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Press Contact: 

Dr. Harris Sokoloff, Director 

Penn Project for Civic Engagement 



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