LOWER MERION, Pa. (CBS) — Stoneleigh is safe. In a battle between the public and the Lower Merion School District, the public came out on top.READ MORE: Abortion Rights Advocates Gather For Bans Off Our Bodies Protest In Philadelphia After SCOTUS Overturned Roe v. Wade
The Lower Merion Board of School Directors voted Monday night to use land on Spring Mill Road in Villanova to build athletic fields for a new middle school instead of acquiring land from Stoneleigh.
The district originally planned to use land from the beloved estate — a proposal that fueled controversy and led people to sign a petition against the plan.READ MORE: 11 Separate Shootings In Philadelphia Leave 2 Dead, 10 Others Injured: Police
The modern middle school will now be built on 7.56 acres of land at 1860 Montgomery Avenue.MORE NEWS: Brandywine Valley SPCA, Other Shelters Holding Mega Adoption Event This Weekend
Stoneleigh transitioned from a family home to a natural public garden in May.