Stories have been going around for a couple of months about the fate of the old Y. I was able to confirm that the deal to sell it, so far, has not been done. Cleaning up on the premises is being done by the board of directors of the Y.
The proposal is for the Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School (now located at 4256 Paul Street) to move into apartment buildings at 1336 Arrott Street and use half of it as class room space. The second part is that they would also buy the old Y building and use it as well. That would provide gymnasium, pool and a lot of additional space.
The school does not have sufficient space at the present location for their ongoing expansion so a move is seen as a necessity. Keeping the school in Frankford is also a good thing.
We’ll post an update as soon as we hear of any new developments.