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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.

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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.

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The modern middle school will now be built on 7.56 acres of land at 1860 Montgomery Avenue.

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Stoneleigh transitioned from a family home to a natural public garden in May.