Detroit Evening Report: Detroit school district to sell former Cooley High School building

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Detroit school officials plan to sell the former Cooley High School building to a local nonprofit.

Chalkbeat Detroit reports the Detroit Public Schools Community District’s academic committee discussed potentially selling the property to the nonprofit Life Remodeled for $400,000. The school was closed in 2010 due to a decline in student enrollment.

The nonprofit hopes to transition the school into a community center over the next three years with a $37.5 million investment.

Life Remodeled made a controversial deal for Durfee Elementary-Middle School in 2017 while the district was still under state control. The organization was allowed to lease Durfee for $1 a year. That agreement was at the heart of some community opposition to Life Remodeled’s intention to purchase Cooley.

Proceeds from the sale will go toward reopening Northern High School as a central district office.

A final decision will be made by November 15.

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  • Nargis Rahman

    Nargis Hakim Rahman is the Civic Reporter at 101.9 WDET. Rahman graduated from Wayne State University, where she was a part of the Journalism Institute of Media Diversity.