Shuttered Schools Could Become Affordable Housing in Pasadena

Pasadena Unified is poised to shut down five schools due to declining enrollment. Now, the shuttered facilities could be converted into much needed affordable housing.

The school district and the city council have been in discussions, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports. The district has convened a facility task force to review the schools. The task force and another committee will be submitting recommendations to the district soon.

“We have an obvious need that you can help meet,” Councilman John Kennedy told the district. “We could address some [housing issues] overnight.”

“Our objectives aren’t exactly the same, but they can be made congruent if we talk them through,” said Mayor Terry Tornek. “This should be seen as an opportunity, both for the city and the district.”