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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

OCPS puts historic school site in Eatonville up for sale in hopes of turning it into mixed-use housing

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click to enlarge The historic site of Hungerford Preparatory School is up for sale and the Town of Eatonville hopes to see mix investment from developers. - VIA THE STATE ARCHIVE OF FLORIDA
  • Via the State Archive of Florida
  • The historic site of Hungerford Preparatory School is up for sale and the Town of Eatonville hopes to see mix investment from developers.

Orange County Public Schools is selling the site where the historic Hungerford Preparatory School once stood. The secondary school for Black students in Eatonville was built in 1897 and OCPS took ownership of back in 1951, then closed the school in 2009, ultimately tearing it down last year.

The school district has sent a request for proposals to developers, hoping to bring a mixed-use development investments to Eatonville. OCPS says that any potential buyer must transform the site into a mix of housing, offices, retail and public space.



“Finding a developer has been a long process, but it’s essential that we find the right fit for the town of Eatonville,” said Amy Envall, OCPS General Counsel. 

Eatonville was the first municipality in the U.S. to be incorporated and run by Black residents. It is also the former home of author  Zora Neale Hurston. The town holds an annual festival to celebrate Hurston, who set many of her stories in the town.




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