At last night’s East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association meeting at Neumann-Goretti High School, plans were presented to remap the Bok School, located at 1901 S. 9th St., to IRMX, which is a new zoning district that allows for a mix of residential, commercial, artisan and low-impact industrial use.
Currently Bok is zoned as RSA-5, which is the zoning for a single-family home. With 340,000 sq. ft. of space, that would be one mansion of a single-family home.
Lindsey Scannapieco, the project’s developer, was at the meeting to present updated plans on the project, including information about potential tenants of the property, financing and an updated look at the parking situation for the building.
From the start, the plans for the development of this property involved various tenants, from retail to maker space. Scannapieco hopes to be able to use the building’s existing facilities, like a culinary kitchen and science labs and fill them with tenants whose needs involve such facilities.
Scannapieco says that she has been in talk with many interested businesses and individuals who would like to use the space. Some examples given at the meeting included digital agency, caterer, coffee roaster and café, craft brewery, textile artist, an accredited university, urban farms and more.
Originally plans for the upper floors of the building included affordable rental units, but Scannapieco says that at this time, that’s no longer in the plans. If this remapping process goes through as needed for this location, the entire facility will be filled with tenants who will use this as a maker space in various different ways.
One of the major concerns from residents at the meeting was regarding the facility’s parking. Although Scannapieco says that the target market for a facility like this largely would not be driving to the location, current plans are hoping to be able to create about 100 parking spaces in the basement level of the Bok School. To be able to do this, columns will have to be removed from the basement’s structure. The current plans would have space for about 100 cars, a car share and bike parking in the basement.
As you might have seen, the project has also received a grant to remake the grounds surrounding the school into a “South Philly Stoop.” While that grant will help fund improvements surrounding the school, some questioned how this facility will be funded. Scannapieco says that it will be financed through new market tax credits, historic tax credits, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, energy loans and other means.
Based on the plans presented for the Bok School by Scannapieco, the majority of neighbors attending the meeting voted in favor of the remapping of the facility to IRMX.
Did you miss last night’s meeting? You can find the presentations with more information about IRMX and the Bok School plans here.
What do you think of these updated plans?