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City Council wants input on how to reuse old school property

PENSACOLA    --   The city of Pensacola is trying to figure out what to do with two pieces of vacant land.
Blount Junior High and Kirksey Elementary are now empty lots.
The city wants to build housing on both lots..
But, the city is giving the people who live nearby a chance to speak out about that idea.

Blount Junior High used to stand here but it was demolished last year.  To many people, this area is  more than just a piece of empty land.
It's a place where many memories were made and that's why they want to have a say in what is built here.

Some of Gordon Peacock's best memories are when he attended Blount Junior High.
The school was shut down in 1982 and remained vacant for 30 years.  It was finally torn down last year

It was in bad shape, its like it had a do not resuscitate sign on it.
Now the empty lot holds lots of promise for opportunity in downtown Pensacola.

Peacock along with many others are giving their opinion on what should be done with this site and the old Kirksey school site just down the road. The city wants to build affordable housing.

Peacock agrees.
It's just convenient for all the fun things that happen in Pensacola.
John Zubke also thinks housing is the way to go. He says it difficult to find anything affordable.

Housing for the downtown area, not the highest price, 2-3 story structures, rentals, give more diverse housing
The whole point of the meeting is to hear different ideas and not everyone thinks we need more housing, Lenus Michael wants the land to go back into education.

I went to school here in the 60's I also went to Blount,  This land should be back to educational field area for our kids to come up in.   Shouldn't be a playground. Time isn't to play around,  put technology, career field, kids, adults, senior citizens.

The meeting is tonight from 5:30-7:30 at Emmanual Baptist Church depending on how the meeting goes.

The city will decide whether more input is needed and when they can actually move forward on developing the land.