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No Landmark Status for Existing Mercer International Middle School

No Landmark Status for Existing Mercer International Middle School

On Wednesday May 19, 2021, the City of Seattle voted against designating the current Mercer International Middle School building as a landmarked structure, allowing for the construction of a new school building.

Seattle voters approved the Building Excellence V Capital Levy (BEX V) in 2019, including funding for the construction project to replace Asa Mercer International Middle School with a new multi-story middle school. When completed, it will provide permanent space for up to 1,000 students grades 6-8. BEX V funding will also provide technology equipment and services, such as computers, printers, and other technology for teaching and learning.

The Mercer International Middle School construction project is currently in an early design phase. Currently, a School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) is collaborating with the architect and project manager to develop elements of the building that will support the education program needs and the culture of the community. The SDAT is composed of members of the school and community. They are participating in a series of workshops and tours throughout the construction process. ( Learn more about the Mercer SDAT.)

Construction on the new middle school building is scheduled to begin Summer 2023 and take two years. During construction, Mercer International Middle School will be located at the Van Asselt School Interim Site, 7201 Beacon Ave. S.

A BEX V-funded addition is being constructed at that location to convert it to a site large enough for temporary use by middle schools.

Learn more about this work on the Mercer International Middle School construction project page.

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