Old North Catholic building sold

Fif­teen months after its clos­ure, the build­ing that housed North Cath­ol­ic High School for 84 years was sold to a charter school.

The Mari­anna Bracetti Academy Charter School last week pur­chased the build­ing at 1842 Tor­res­dale Ave. from the Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia for $3.5 mil­lion.

Bracetti opened in 2000 and serves 1,155 stu­dents in grades six to 12. Its present loc­a­tion is 2501 Kens­ing­ton Ave.

About 65 per­cent of the school’s fam­il­ies live in the nearby 19124, 19134 and 19140 ZIP codes.

“We un­der­went a thor­ough pro­cess to se­lect a new home, and we are ex­cited to move in­to a site with such a rich his­tory,” said Vir­gin­ia Neiswender, chair­wo­man of the school’s board of trust­ees.

Stu­dents and staff will re­main in the cur­rent build­ing for this school year. Mean­while, renov­a­tions will take place at the former North build­ing, which opened in 1926, in an­ti­cip­a­tion of open­ing next Septem­ber.

The arch­diocese closed North Cath­ol­ic and Car­din­al Dougherty in June 2010, cit­ing dwind­ling en­roll­ment. The Dougherty prop­erty has not yet been sold. ••

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