Vacant CPS buildings could get new life - FOX 32 News Chicago

Vacant CPS buildings could get new life

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's decision to close 50 Chicago Public School buildings last year and relocate thousands of students to other schools is one of the biggest controversies to ever hit Chicago.

Originally, many believed the vacant buildings were going to be used for social services or senior housing.

Now, the city has dozens of empty buildings and CPS wants to put them up for bid. Three of those buildings already have offers being made to avoid chunks of vacant buildings throughout the citys as part of a CPS plan to re-purpose the buildings.

Under a process put together by an advisory committee for finding ways to reuse the closed facilities, CPS is working with aldermen to determine community preferences for what to do with the vacant buildings.

The CPS CEO has promised there would be no charter schools going into the vacant buildings.

In one case, the University of Chicago Charter School was sharing a building with Wadsworth School, a CPS school. When CPS had to pull out of the building, it was left half empty. CPS says the charter school was already leasing the building for $1 through the year 2018.

A spokesperson in each case where there is a potential buyer, there has been strong support and community input. They said in these tough economic times, sales make sense for the district.

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