USciences Approved to Acquire Alexander Wilson Elementary School Site

Written by Brian Kirschner
Published on October 23, 2014

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission (SRC) has authorized the sale of the Alexander Wilson Elementary School site to University of the Sciences.

“On behalf of University of the Sciences, I would like to thank the School Reform Commission (SRC) for approving the sale of the Alexander Wilson Elementary School site to USciences on October 16, 2014. The location of the Wilson School adjacent to the USciences campus is a strategic one for our University and one that we hope will provide both student housing and retail that makes sense for the community and for us,” USciences president Dr. Helen Giles-Gee said. “Though we understand that no community wants to lose its neighborhood school, we hope to work closely with area residents as we develop our plans for the site. Once the property is under agreement, we will begin planning and design work. Any zoning or related changes required will, of course, be conducted via the public process mandated by the City of Philadelphia. 

“I am so appreciative of the hard work of many on campus and the unwavering support of the board of trustees as well as the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), the SRC, and the School District of Philadelphia in pursuing this opportunity. I also look forward to opportunities to partner with Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, Representative James R. Roebuck, Jr., and State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams as we engage our community. Their support of the University and our community has been outstanding, and we will continue to strive to be good partners as we move forward.”

USciences is currently undertaking strategic, academic, and campus master planning.


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