Arcadia University in Glenside will pay $6.5 million to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for the former Bishop McDevitt High School and the over 18 acres of surrounding property, writes Oona Goodin-Smith for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Arcadia president Ajay Nair called the purchase an “extraordinary opportunity” and said that the university plans to “take a measured approach” to the former property of the school that closed in June after over six decades in operation.
“The acquisition of this property will afford us the space to continue to advance our esteemed academic programs while enhancing the educational experience for Arcadia students,” said Nair.
The Glenside property includes the four-story school building, athletic fields, and a parking lot.
Arcadia is within walking distance of the property. It will communicate directly with its neighbors regarding plans for the property and will also offer opportunities for community input.
Before the purchase, Arcadia already had a shared property-use agreement with the archdiocese over the McDevitt campus. The deal allowed for dual credit enrollment programs between Arcadia and the former high school. It also granted the university the first right of refusal if the property was ever sold.
Read more about the Bishop McDevitt High School purchase in The Philadelphia Inquirer.