Controversial school sale by MPS to be discussed Tuesday
MILWAUKEE - A key vote on a vacant building that has become the center of a community tug of war will be happening later Tuesday.
Earlier in October, the Milwaukee Public Schools’ board of directors voted to sell the former Malcolm X School building to a holding company for more than $2 million.
The vote on Tuesday heads to the Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee to approve (or deny) the sale of the school.
There are tentative plans to turn it into a community center and an apartment complex. MPS rejected an offer by Saint Marcus Lutheran School to buy the building.
“I think a lot of people are scratching their heads when they see the district is going to sell a building for $2.1 million and then lease it back for a million dollars a year,” said Denise Callaway, a spokesperson for MPS. “That leaves out a critically important part of the equation of the amount of money the developer is going to put into the building.”
Final approval will come from the Milwaukee Common Council.