Glen Park School goes on the market in New Berlin
It's included with several properties to fund district school maintenance costs
New Berlin — The former Glen Park Elementary School, 3500 S. Glen Park Road, is now officially up for sale with an asking price of $2,750,000.
The school was closed in June 2012 at the end of the school year to save money and because the building had deteriorated. The closing ended months of controversy, with Glen Park parents pleading with the School Board to keep the facility open.
To market the property and several others, the district has chosen the Anderson Commercial Group as the listing agent.
Proceeds from the sales will be used to help pay for $8.2 million in school building maintenance projects. If sold for their asking price, the properties would yield a total of more than $4.1 million.
Also up for sale
Anderson, chosen from a list of real estate companies responding to a request for proposals, will also market the former Little Grove Elementary School, 3800 S. Racine Ave., and three other vacant parcels the district owns.
The former Little Grove Elementary School is listed at $279,000, which is more than last year's appraised estimated value of $238,000. The 5,600-square-foot former school sits on 5.4 acres. Earlier this year, the School Board had a potential buyer, but financing fell through.
The asking price for the 50 acres at Calhoun and Beloit roads is $595,000; for 20 acres at Beres and Martin roads is $349,000; and for the 10 acres at Small and Calhoun roads, $159,000.
Prospect Hill School, which was closed years earlier, recently sold for $37,350, and proceeds also will be used to offset the $8.2 million in expenses. Although the property includes eight acres plus the former school building, the price was low because the building has asbestos in floor tiles and boiler piping that make remodeling it or even razing it expensive.
District officials also emphasized that closing and selling Prospect Hill saves the district nearly $1 million annually.
Glen Park's future use?
As to what will happen to Glen Park after it is sold, much depends on the buyer. That remains a concern for its neighbors.
When the School Board voted to close Glen Park, neighbors were worried that the site, in the middle of a single-family neighborhood, might be used for multifamily or low-income housing.
However, in that event, residents would have an opportunity to present their concerns. That's because the property is currently in an institutional zone. Any other use would require a zoning change that involves a public hearing.
Under one scenario, the property could remain institutional.
The schools and the city have considered a swap in which the city would move its recreation programs, now at the Hickory Grove Center, to Glen Park. Hickory Grove would revert to the schools and could be sold to raise more money to repair other schools, said Roger Dickson, chief finance and operations officer. Hickory Grove has been appraised at $1,135,000, he added.
That deal is for from certain, though it is not necessarily off, Dickson said.
"We are still in discussion with the city and will evaluate what is best for the taxpayers if we get an offer to purchase," he said.
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