By the time GSA discovered the former Gwynns Falls Park Junior High building, over 30 years had passed since it functioned as a school and badly needed repair. The entire structure was threatened by a failing roof, windows and floors were rotted and broken, and plaster walls were crumbling throughout. While the extent of the renovations would be a substantial challenge, the resulting structure would provide over 145,000 square feet of learning space and 8.75 acres of green space.
Through a combination of financing from Bank of America, The Reinvestment Fund, and the Abell Foundation and support from local foundations and individual contributors, Green Street Academy was able to raise the capital needed to renovate the school and embark on the next leg of its journey.
On January 28, 2015, Larry Rivitz and David Warnock, along school leaders Dan Schochor and Crystal Harden-Lindsey and community supporters, including Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, broke ground on Green Street Academy’s new home and shared their vision for the future with Baltimore. Through its partners Seawall Development, Hord | Coplan | Macht, Southway Builders, and MCN Build, the new GSA was on its way.