Gabe Ross is with the district and says it has begun asking neighbors, non-profits and businesses to submit ideas for the building's future.
"There's a lot of urgency certainly on the district's perspective and from the Board of Education but also from the neighborhood who have been great partners and have been pushing the district to move forward with a plan for this site for some time," Ross says.
Ross says it's unlikely the building will ever be used as an elementary school, which was its initial purpose until 1976.
"The infrastructure needs there from a facility standpoint are pretty great and the size of the campus — this was built in 1903. The footprint is significantly smaller than what we would say is an ideal amount of space for a modern elementary school."
Rudolph Harold designed the building. He also designed old City Hall.
Seismic retrofits were completed in 1983 and the school was used as a preschool, employment center and school for adults until budget cuts forced it to close in 2009.