12 Mar 24 vacant Detroit schools go up for sale
Source: Curbed Detroit
Last week, the Detroit Public Schools Community District decided to list 24 of its vacant properties. The schools are now listed on the DPS Real Estate site, and Tammy Deane, Director of Real Estate, tells us they’re interested in all proposals from interested developers.
The Detroit Free Press reports that the schools will be boarded up after 30 days.
The schools range in size from the 18,000-square-foot Robeson Early Childhood Center in the Dexter-Fenkell neighborhood to the massive 321,00-square-foot Cooley High School on 7.4 acres near Grandmont-Rosedale. A community group, the Cooley Reuse Project, has tried to acquire the old high school for years. The school is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and closed in 2010; a fire blazed through the auditorium last fall.
The Real Estate site also offers a guide for adaptive reuse, with examples of schools in other cities. Reuse ideas include affordable housing, senior housing, space for community groups, and career training. The guide also lists funding possibilities for adaptive reuse.
Each property is listed with a link to its Google Street View—giving an idea of what the property and the surrounding areas look like—plus square footage, acreage, and the year each property was built. No prices are listed; these properties will go to the best offer.