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$25 million University City school property sale nearing close

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This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

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With a key City Council member on board, Philadelphia is moving forward on a plan to sell the University City High School property.

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell gave her blessing to the bill allowing a zoning change to facilitate the sale after learning of a compromise between the developer and neighborhood groups on a series of issues — including dimensions of the development.

"The compromise worked out is that community groups gave in to the height, it’s still 65 feet, and the university and Wexford gave in to the height on Warren Street," she said Thursday. "So they switched issues, made a compromise, and were able to get it passed out. We are very, very grateful."

Wexford Development is buying the property to build facilities for Drexel University.

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