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Redevelopment at University City High School hits a snag

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

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Redevelopment plans for a former Philadelphia high school are hoping to get back on track after hitting a roadblock.

After introducing a bill that would make zoning changes for the project, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell was outraged when the proposed redevelopers of University City High School tried to push through Council amended plans for the property.

"You’re not trying to work with any of us, you come in and you hand an amendment out and you say you’re willing to work with me?" she said incredulously. "You didn’t come in with any community agreement. What do you think this is? Who do you think we are?"

Drexel University is proposing a mixed use for the facility that was shuttered a year ago. It’s buying the property for more than $25 million from the Philadelphia School District, which is trying to raise money by selling many of the schools that it closed.

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