Morning Headlines: Apartments on the Way at Former South Philly School
It looks as though a shuttered school will come back to life as an apartment building. PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey reports that the former George W. Childs Elementary School at 17th and Tasker Street in Point Breeze will be redeveloped into 73 apartments. The building has been closed since 2010 and Brey says that 10 of the 73 apartments “will be affordable to individuals making up to 80 percent of Area Median Income (AMI), pursuant to a Community Benefits Agreement signed by the developer, some community groups, and a nearby resident.”
As you can see in the comments of the article, there is some debate about whether that’s really affordable for lifelong residents of the neighborhood or not.
Metal Ventures Inc purchased the property for $1.2 million and plans to include a 48 parking spaces for cars, 11 spots for bikes, green roofs, roof decks and has even agreed to open the 7,000 square-foot auditorium to community two nights per week, free of charge.
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