Portland Public Schools, Venerable talk Washington High School sale

Venerable and Portland Public Schools will negotiate acquisition agreements to revamp Washington High School into a multi-use site that includes housing. School officials agreed to approve any development plan before moving ahead with a sale of the site, at Southeast 12th Avenue and Stark Street. Venerable won the right to negotiate with the district because its plan met fiscal requirements and expectations of the abandoned school’s neighbors. Formal negotiations are set to begin in early March.

Preservationist sets sights on Washington High

Historic preservationist and developer, Art DeMuro, has stepped forward with an interest in purchasing Washington High School and redeveloping the building as a community center with market-rate housing. But it is too soon n the planning stage of the historic renovation project to call him its developer.