This week the Common Council approved the redevelopment of Longfellow School on Brooks Street.
This is great news for the neighborhood. Originally acquired by Meriter Hospital with a view toward using it for clinical or office space, those uses just never penciled out. So, earlier this year the hospital put out a request for proposals, eventually selecting the Alexander Company in large part because of their extensive background in the adaptive reuse of schools and other historic buildings.
So, a great old building will soon be brought back to life, high quality housing will be added to the neighborhood, hospital and UW employees will get another great option to live close to work and the added value to the tax rolls can be used to make more investments in the neighborhood.
Thanks to Meriter and to the Alexander Company for working with the neighborhood and to Ald. Sue Ellingson for shepherding the project through the process.