Dozens show up for auction of former School of Creative and Performing Arts building auction

CINCINNATI -- A building that once housed the echoes of children’s voices filled with the sounds of bits of history being sold Sunday to the highest bidder.

"I said sold! $70! Right there!" boomed the auctioner inside the old School of Creative and Performing Arts in Pendleton.

Thousands of children learned to love the arts for years at 1310 Sycamore St.

Dozens showed up at the 10 a.m. auction to grab a piece of history as its current owners made way for its future.

"I'm a historian and writer and I do appreciate and enjoy carrying on the vestiges of what was here when the school when it's heyday," said Bonnie Speeg, a parent of SCPA graduates.

The building closed in 2010 when Cincinnati Public Schools opened a new SCPA building right off of Central Parkway and Race Street.

The auction though, does not mean an end to the old building.

Indianapolis-based Core Redevelopment purchased the building and announced tentative plans for a mixed-use development in 2013.

"One of the people walked up and said this is a sad day and I said no it's a celebration -- a beginning of the process, a rebirth of the school," said John Watson with Core Redevelopment. "Rather than look at this as an end, I look at it as a beginning of the next chapter in its life."

That plan was modified in May to turn the Pendleton location into a 155-unit apartment complex. The earlier plan involving a hotel at the location fell through.

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