Sale Of Bok And Vare Schools Likely Imminent


The halls of hindsight | Photo: Katrina Ohstrom

The halls of Bok High School | Photo: Katrina Ohstrom

  • Although the School District has listed Bok High School and Vare Elementary as having “pending” sales, sources tell the Passyunk Post that the language was used on the District’s website in order to discourage any additional interest in the properties, as the short list of prospective redevelopers is likely down to two in both cases. Bok, the larger of the two structures, is listed at a mere $1.7 million, reflecting the hefty investment needed to transform it into lofts.
  • Days before a site-selection committee visits both cities, the New York Daily News discusses the prospects of Brooklyn or Philadelphia hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention. In an exclusive, Mayor Nutter talks up the organizational strength of his team after six years of governance, the city’s political history, and—playing to New York’s perceived chief weakness—“the wealth of hotel rooms” available for conventioneers. “It sounds like our main competition is Philadelphia,” said Kathryn Wylde of the Partnership for New York City.
  • The University City Review looks at the legacy of 14 years of urban agriculture at the University City High School garden, slated to close on August 24 in preparation for the redevelopment of the shuttered high school by Drexel University. The half-acre community farm improved the health of the community says Atiba Ellerby, a UCHS garden alum who now “manages two farm sites and teaches a nutrition program.” Farm manager Donkey Dover, Jr. spoke of the intergenerational impact that the garden has had for the community, connecting young students with the foods of their ancestors.
  • The GREEN program, a study abroad program that brings international students to the scenes of real innovation in the world of sustainability, is developing a course of study in Philly, says Generocity. “We wanted to create a program here to demonstrate those great things and how Philadelphia is reshaping itself and redefining itself as a leader in green initiatives,” said Brady Halligan, director of strategic partnerships and enrollment. “[And to] also put Philadelphia on the map as place to come study, learn and then stay to work.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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  1. Vare Elementary ~ is that the school at Germantown and Allegheny? I lived in the neighborhood and passed by it often. Thank goodness it finally got sold.

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