Philly neighborhoods. Take in that uninterrupted view of Philadelphia for just a second. That photo from Conrad Benner at Streets Dept. was taken from the roof of Edward W. Bok Vocational High School, simply known as Bok, at 9th and Mifflin St. in South Philly. Recently sold for $2.1M, if all goes according to plan, it will soon be the view from a transformative adaptive reuse project near East Passyunk Ave. from developer Lindsey Scannapieco, owner of Scout LLC and daughter of developer Tom Scannapieco. The view is one thing, the plan is another animal all together.
“Long story short, Lindsey and her company are trying to transform this vacant school into a one-of-a-kind maker, creative hub for Philadelphia. It will combine workshops, co-working and residential under one roof (something that is rarely done in the US, according to Lindsey.)”
A report from the Passyunk Post notes that the project will unfold in phases and that “temporary artistic uses” will provide “immediate activation.”The building was built in 1938 and has 338,000 sqaure feet of space at its disposal. One potential issue is that it currently shares a boiler room with Southwark Elementary, which sits across Mifflin St. Although this is the first development for Scout LLC, it isn’t Lindsey Scannpieco’s first rodeo. According to their website, she worked to secure temporary uses for London’s Olympic Park.