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: Nationals GM Mike Rizzo Calls Phillies Manager Girardi A 'Con Artist'
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-Foot-Long Great White Named Freya Spotted Off Coast Of Jersey Shore Last Week
The modern middle school will now be built on 7.56 acres of land at 1860 Montgomery Avenue.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Union to Have Full Stadium At Subaru Park For First Time Since October 2019
Stoneleigh transitioned from a family home to a natural public garden in May.