Hi,We are potentially working with a district to save an historic school adjacent to where a new middle school is being built. I am looking for examples of historic schools that have been reused on the on the site of a new school facility. The school district has stated they cannot find any examples of where this scenario has happened and are concerned about any reuse option not being compatible because of the buildings location on the new school campus.Any thoughts are much appreciated!Many thanks,
This isn't exacty what you're looking for, but the first example of this kind of thing that came to mind was the work done by AU Associates in Lexington, KY: they have rehabilitated many former school buildings into apartments - some into market rate and others for senior or low-income housing - with pretty incredible results for adaptive use of these otherwise hard-to-redevelop older buildings.While I can imagine the school system would be worried about an incompatible use, I can't imagine there being much of a problem with, for example, senior housing (with possibilities, say, of some of those seniors participating in school activities and students interacting with the seniors in the new housing) or even low-income housing if some/most/all of the units are reserved for families of students who attend the school, or whatever. Just some ideas off the top of my head. There are other community uses one can imagine that wouldn't be incompatible with the new school.Anyway, I hope that helps.
The Mobile County Public School System built a new school building when Leinkauf Elementary School burned in the 1990s. With community encouragement, the MCPSS also renovated the historic Leinkauf school building and uses both for the school. It is apparently the oldest elementary school in Alabama. I can put you in touch with the Superintendant if you would like.
Elizabeth P. Stevens
President & CEO
Downtown Mobile District Management Corp/Downtown Mobile Alliance
PO Box 112
Mobile, AL 36601
2600 Virginia Avenue NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20037
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