Schenley bids accepted… Then school board votes for a study

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Superintendent Linda Lane said she would put together a report based on existing data by Feb. 15.  That would be a week after the district’s bid review committee recommends its preferred bidder for the sale, and 10 days before a scheduled public hearing on the sale.  A final board vote on selling to the preferred bidder is scheduled for Feb. 27.
Two of those were from entities planning to open Charter Schools. The bid by Andy Warhol School of Visual and Performing Arts was proposed by a group of Schenley alumni led by tech entrepreneur Edward Alexi that does not want the historical legacy of Schenley High School lost.
“The foundation of a community or society at large has to be the education of its youth, and Schenley has been that foundation for over 90 years.” Alexei told Pittsburgh Urban Media prior to submitting his bid. The school would operate as a 501c3 non-profit.  It would keep the auditorium, pool and gym. Their $4.1 million bid, however, was only the third highest of those submitted.
Kossman Development submitted a $4.6 million bid that would use almost half the building for a Providence Charter School to serve children with dyslexia with the remainder used as a for-profit student housing entity. It would also provide space for the Crossroads Foundation. It would use the existing gymnasium, but fill in the swimming pool. Plans for the auditorium were not specified. That bid, however, fell short also.
The $5.2 million high bid came from Philadelphia-based PMC Property Group, which specializes in residential refurbishing of older buildings. The bid calls for 175 Luxury apartments and a fitness center using the existing gym. Usage of the auditorium and pool space was not defined.
The lowest bid, $4 million, was submitted by developer Ralph A. Falbo Inc. , which like PMC would convert the school to apartments.. The bid calls for 1123 market-rate apartments and a fitness center, but would remove the gym and pool.
(Send comments to cmorrow@newpittsbsurghcourier.com.)

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