Redevelopment approved for former Childs Elementary at 17th and Tasker

We told you about the plans for the former George W. Childs Elementary school back in April of 2014. There are now some updated plans for the development of the school now that the project has been approved by the Zoning Board of Adjustment.


The building at 17th and Tasker, which as been closed down since 2010, is expected to house 73 apartments, 48 parking spaces, a car share service, designated bike parking and also a green roof and roof decks.

The 73 apartments will include a mix of affordable and market-rate housing.

The facility will also include a community space in the school’s 7,000 sq. ft. auditorium that will be available for use by community organizations two nights a week. 

More on the plans from PlanPhilly:

The empty school will now house 73 apartments, 10 of which 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. Eighty percent of AMI for the Philadelphia area is defined as $44,150 per year for an individual. At that rate, a studio unit considered affordable—the standard for affordability is spending 30 percent or less of monthly income on housing—could rent for as much as $1,100 per month, including all utilities.    

Childs Elementary isn’t the only school being transformed. Don’t forget about all of the developments planned for the Bok school.