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Roycemore closes on new school site

Roycemore School reportedly has completed its purchase of the former headquarters of the Methodist Pension Board at 1200 Davis St. in Evanston.

In a news release, the school’s real estate agent in the transaction, Podolsky Northstar CORFAC International, said the school plans to move to the new site late in 2011 after renovating the 68,000-square-foot building.

Renovations will include adding a gymnasium and providing advanced technology capabilities in converting the office space into classrooms.

The century-old private school has more than 250 students from pre-kindergarten through high school.

The school started looking for a new location four years ago, as its 99-year lease from Northwestern University on its current site at 640 Lincoln Ave. neared its end.

Plans for the Roycemore move to the pension board building were announced in 2008 and the zoning changes required were approved by the City Council in February 2009.

The pension board recently moved to a new headquarters at 1901 Chestnut Ave. in Glenview.

There’s been no word on a future use for the pension board’s other building in Evanston, the former Rotary International headquarters at 1201 Davis St.

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