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Pro-Con: Should North De Leon Street close?

By chirst
Jan. 13, 2013 at 11 p.m.
Updated Jan. 13, 2013 at 7:14 p.m.

The Victoria City Council approved St. Joseph High School's initial request to close a block of DeLeon Street between Red River Street and Virginia Avenue to extend the school's campus when they build a new Fine Arts Center across the street.

St. Joseph High School has been expanding since it started as the St. Joseph's Institute for Boys in 1868.

During the next 145 years, the school closed and re-opened, moved from downtown to Red River Street, changed from an all-boys school to coeducational and embraced many other changes.

Now, in another attempt to expand, officials at the school plan to build a new fine arts center across from the main campus.

To build across the street, however, school officials believe the block of North De Leon Street between East Virginia Street and East Red River Street should be closed to keep their students safe as they walk to and from class in the new building.

And while the residents in the College Park neighborhood also aim to keep students safe, not all feel a complete closure of the block is the best method.

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Pro: Street should close for school growth

Con: Students should be able to cross safely

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