Design Charrette: Reactivating Vacant Schools

Community Ventures has been selected as the neighborhood development partner for the Stanton School site by the Community Design Collaborative to work with neighborhood stakeholders and the architecture/design community for a design charrette to imagine a reuse for the closed M. Hall Stanton School at 1523 W. Cumberland Street in Lower North Philadelphia.

In this full-day design charrette, designers, community leaders, public agencies, and other stakeholders will consider a continuum of reuse options: activating schools for temporary uses and adapting schools for entirely new uses. Charrette design concepts will be presented to a panel of experts in economic and community development, urban design, placemaking and real estate development.

Key Partners:

Community Design Collaborative | KieranTimberlake | Erickson

Neighborhood Stakeholders:

Philly Urban Creators | Express Urself Urban Crisis Response Center | Grands As Parents | Susquehanna CDC |Neighborhood Residents | Council President Darrell Clarke’s Office | Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Project Timeline:

September 1, 2014 – CV Staff began to meet with various community residents & organizations

September 29, 2014 – Neighborhood Stakeholder Meeting: Meeting Notes Here & Powerpoint Presentation

October 1, 2014 – CV Staff continue to speak with neighborhood residents and organizations and Community Design Collaborative/KT prepares for the charrette

November 14, 2014 – School Reuse Design Charrette & Public Presentation – Check out the blog post by the Community Design Collaborative about the Design Charrette: Reactivating Vacant Schools

Winter 2014/2015 – Review Design Charrette Results and continue neighborhood conversations, financial feasibility, design solutions, and identify additional key partners

Spring 2015 – Conceptual design report for Stanton School Reuse

For questions and additional information about the Stanton School Reuse Charrette, please contact Troy Hannigan at 215-564-6004 or

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