After years of hoping and negotiations, the Phinney Neighborhood Association now owns the buildings and land it has called home for the last 25 years.
The old John B. Allen School was surplused by Seattle Schools in the 1980s, and the PNA had rented the two buildings at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. since its inception. The PNA signed a purchase agreement with the school district for $3,050,000 last October, but a lawsuit had to be resolved first.
The PNA’s blue building houses a number of classrooms, PNA offices, preschool co-op and an art gallery:
The brick building houses more classrooms, a Montessori school, the Well Home Program and Tool Lending Library, catering service, and other programs:
The PNA is in the midst of a $12 million capital campaign to remodel the buildings and landscape the grounds. Here’s what PNA Board President John Smith wrote to PNA supporters today:
“Just an amazing, amazing gift (in so many meanings of that word) to the community from all our givers so far, and a testament to the hard work of so many of you (and leaders who came before). The center is truly the heart of the neighborhood and this means that we’ll have it as our neighborhood center for generations!”