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Tucson School to be Razed for New Housing

Wrightstown Elementary School, seen here in January, is in the process of being torn down. Pepper Viner Homes will build a 56-home housing community called The Schoolyard in its place, with site development expected to begin this fall. Photo credit: Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Star

By Gabriela Rico for Arizona Daily Star

Developers of a new housing community at the site of a shuttered elementary school plan to pay tribute to the former schoolhouse.

Pepper Viner Homes bought the vacant Wrightstown Elementary School, and plans 56 homes with pocket parks at The Schoolyard, on Wrightstown Road and Avenida Ricardo Small.

The 9.2-acre site will feature single and 2-story homes, 1,400 to 2,100 square feet in size, with six floor plans in three- and four-bedroom models.

Viner said the company is still in the bidding process, but anticipates a price range of the mid- to upper $200Ks.

Demolition has begun and site development is expected to begin this fall, with models ready for viewing early next year.

Last month, the Tucson City Council approved the rezoning of the east-side property for residential use, which finalized the sale.

Tucson Unified School District closed Wrightstown Elementary in 2010.

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