Kym Gable reporting

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The bid to turn classrooms into condos is up for a vote Wednesday at the Pittsburgh Public Schools board meeting.

But first, those for and against the sale had a chance to speak out at a public hearing at the Board of Education office Monday Night.

On Wednesday, school directors will consider the sale of the former Schenley High School in North Oakland.

Developers associated with Philadelphia-based PMC Property Group want to transform the building into 178 luxury apartments.

And many taxpayers support the proposal.

“Sell it to a buyer whose bid will more than retire the Schenley debt, whose taxable commercial use will provide … a steady stream of property tax revenue,” Mary McDonough said.

But there are several preservation groups who are opposed to commercialization.

Edward Alexei is part of an alumni group that wants to reopen the building as the Andy Warhol School for the Visual and Performing Arts.

He told KDKA’s Kym Gable, “Either as a private school or give the board an option to reopen the school as a public school where we would line up the financing for them.”

The bid of $5.2 Million will be up for a vote at Wednesday’s regular meeting.

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