Green Street Academy Breaks Ground on a School Renovation Project in Baltimore
- Feb 03, 2015
Green Street Academy broke ground on January 28 on the renovation of a former school building in West Baltimore. The public charter school plans to relocate to the new facility.
The former Gwynns Falls Junior High School was constructed in 1926, on an 8.75-acre site, at 125 North Hilton Street. It was designed by the firm of Smith and May, in the Gothic Revival style. The 145,000-square-foot facility once housed more than 2,000 students. It closed in 1985.
GSA is currently located at 201 North Bend Road, where it shares space with another school. It serves more than 400 students and plans to expand to 875 by 2018. The new facility will make GSA’s expansion plans possible.
According to the Baltimore Business Journal, the project will cost $23 million. It will be financed through a combination of loans and donations, including a $14 million loan from Bank of America and a $2 million loan from the Reinvestment Fund. GSA has also raised $3.5 million in private donations and is looking to raise an additional $3.5 million.
The project calls for improvements to classrooms and labs. It will incorporate state-of-the-art technology and science labs, a chicken coop, a rain garden and even an outdoor classroom. GSA expects to finish the project in time for the next school year.
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