By Suzanne Monaghan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The landscape will soon be changing at the site of the former Thomas Edison High School on Lehigh Avenue in Philadelphia.

It will be called Edison Square and will include a Save-A-Lot grocery store, shopping center and an apartment building for low-income seniors.

The school has been vacant for several years and then was damaged last August in a fire.

Gregory Reaves is Principal with Mosaic Development Partners.

“Really the way to deal with that building is to right size it. I mean there have been a lot of plans put forward with respect to that building and none of them make economic sense just in terms of rehabilitation.”

Construction on the $22-million project starts next month and developers expect the stores to open by fall 2013.

Building the senior apartments will start once that phase of the project is complete.


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