Monday, November 16, 2020

First Look At The Gardner School, at Wilson and Ashland

Today the construction fences came down and we are getting our first look at the future home of the Gardner School, at the southeast corner of Wilson and Ashland.

It replaces a very old building that most of us remember as the Paul Revere Masonic Lodge and. later, the Truc Lam Buddhist Temple. Demolition of that building began in January.

The Gardner School is a private daycare/pre-school with locations across the country.

After the order of Buddhist monks sold the building and moved to the 'burbs, a developer proposed a brick courtyard building with 12 family-size condos on the site, but the plans for a proposed zoning change were scuttled by then-Alderman Pawar after he got community input. The school was able to be built using the currently existing zoning.

We have no idea when the school will open. We're guessing that interior construction will take place during colder weather now that the exterior is complete.

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