Old School Building in East Hill Bulldozed to Make Way for Housing
Melissa Nelson Gabriel
Pensacola News Journal USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA
Crews last week started tearing down the former Agnes McReynolds School in East Hill to make room for an 18-home development.
Home designer Jesse Brodeur, a partner in the project, said plans for the soon-to-be vacant land at 1408 E. Blount St. will be presented to the city for review soon.
“We are in the advanced design and planning phases,” he said.
The school was built in 1938 and served as a neighborhood school for decades. In recent years, it was leased to the Jacqueline Harris Preparatory Academy before the academy moved. The school has been vacant for about a year.
The John Sunday Society, a group that works to save buildings of historic interest in Pensacola, drew attention to the school’s planned demolition in a recent Facebook post.
“Sadly, yet another historic Pensacola school building is slated for destruction,” the post read.
Derek Cosson, the society’s secretary, said the school was unique because it was one of the few examples of pre-World War II architecture left in the area. He said the group found out about the demolition too late to do anything to stop it from happening.
A demolition permit was issued for the building Aug. 27, according to a city spokeswoman. No development plans have been submitted to the city’s Inspection Services Department or Planning Department.