Old Richmond school could be up for sale

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - An old Richmond school could soon be up for sale.

The school board started the process last night of giving up the rights to the old Westhampton School and grounds.

The brick schoolhouses were built in the early 1900's and currently house Richmond Community High School students.

Richmond Community is moving next year to the vacated Chandler Middle School building in north Richmond.

The property and surrounding 6 acres is valued at $7.6 million.

The Westhampton property caused a few problems for city schools. The buildings were not handicapped accessible and would cause millions to renovate. The school housed fewer than 200 students and the school board decided the cost wasn't worth it.

In March, the board voted to move Richmond Community High to the handicapped accessible Chandler Middle School.

The school board's vote to make the property surplus means it will eventually be turned over to the city.

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