Walking through the doors of Norwood Elementary School in St. Petersburg is like stepping back in time.
- Norwood Elementary School vacant since 2009
- 20,000 square foot facility is for sale
- Investors show interest in building as townhome or condo homes
- Link: Learn more about the school and property
"It was built in 1925, and at the time it was a Mediterranean revival-style structure," said Charlene Beyer, Pinellas County Schools Real Estate Analyst.
"So you have the beautiful arched-entryways with the gargoyles that are reminiscent of that time period."
Beyer is familiar with the property because she's selling it for the Pinellas County School District. The school has been vacant since 2009 and is now for sale.
"It’s about 20,000 heated square feet, but it appears much larger because the hallways, the covered walkways is another 7,000 more square feet," she said.
From exposed brick to stairwells stuck in time, students here knew chalkboards, not video chat. With an asking price of $950,000, Beyer said she's getting some bites.
"We've had a lot of interest from investors, they’ve had thoughts of maybe townhomes or condo homes or even apartment homes," said Beyer. "We’ve also had a lot of non-profit organizations thinking of community types of housing like veteran’s housing.
"We've even heard of schools or organizations coming in and providing programs for children in the community as well," she said.
Beyer said everyone she's talked with about the property wants to keep the charm.
Offers are being accepted until July 9 at 2 p.m.
Palm Harbor Elementary is also for sale. The asking price for that property is $4 million dollars. Offers on that property will be accepted from July 10 to July 31 at 2 p.m.