Developer To Acquire Germanown Settlement School Site

Ken Weinstein, the northwest Philadelphia real estate developer known for renovating old transit stations for use as cafes, will acquire the former Germantown Settlement Charter School complex in lower Germantown, near Wayne Junction. He purchased the note on the foreclosed property at auction. Weinstein recently acquired the adjacent (bit not contiguous) former GW Schaeffer public school. The Germantown Settlement site is 6 acres and includes a large stone house and a former convent used by New Directions for Women, a non-profit that shelters women as an alternative to prison. Weinstein says he intends to keep New Directions on site after renovating their building.

About the author

Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin’s latest book is the novel Lion and Leopard (The Head and The Hand Press). He is also the author of Song of the City (Four Walls Eight Windows/Basic Books) and The Possible City (Camino Books). He is senior writer and script editor of the Emmy-winning documentary series “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” and the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine. Popkin's literary criticism appears in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Kenyon Review, and The Millions. He is writer-in-residence of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.



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