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Preservation Arlington Launches Petition to Save Wilson School

by ARLnow.com | October 8, 2013 at 10:30 am | 1,949 views | No Comments

Wilson School (photo courtesy Preservation Arlington)The group Preservation Arlington has launched an online petition to try to save the Wilson School in Rosslyn (1601 Wilson Blvd).

Arlington Public Schools is planning to sell the school and its grounds to developer Penzance, with the proceeds being used to help fund the school system’s ongoing expansion. The school would be torn down, as would the adjacent fire station. In turn, Penzance would construct a new mixed-use development with affordable housing, a new fire station and a 1.5 acre park.

The Wilson School was built in 1910 and is in need of extensive, costly renovations. School officials say its grounds are not big enough for the construction of a new elementary school.

Preservation Arlington argues that the Wilson School is “an important part of the character and urban fabric of Arlington” that provides a “sense of place to the community” and a “break from high density.” It wants to see the school retained and restored for continued educational use.

“Help us save the Wilson School from being turned into another high rise,” the petition page says. “Let’s take back our neighborhood.”

As of 8:00 a.m., the petition had collected 96 online signatures.

Photo courtesy Preservation Arlington

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