Photo: Joe Mabel
The deadline for Seattle Public Schools to decide whether or not they wanted to try and turn the old Federal Reserve Building into a new elementary school was today. In the nick of time, the school board voted 5-2 to move forward with preliminary plans to put an elementary school in downtown Seattle for the first time in over 60 years. While the building and land come free from the U.S. government, it's expected to cost more than $50M to renovate it and bring it up to code. The six-story, 86K square-foot structure has set empty since 2008. If plans goes through, over 650 students will call this their new school.
· Seattle schools to seek vacant Fed building for possible school [Seattle Times]
· Old Federal Reserve Building May Hit The Auction Block [Seattle Times]
· All Federal Reserve building coverage [Curbed Seattle]