Seven years ago this July, Scout Ltd. closed on buying the 8-story, 338,000-square-foot Edward W. Bok Vocational School at 1901 S. 9th St. in South Philadelphia.
The hulking building was vacant at the time and Lindsey Scannapieco, Scout’s managing partner, had ambitions to convert the former school, which she described in a recent interview as a “giant castle,” into an innovative mixed-use development. “We always knew it was going to be a long-term project,” Scannapieco said. “How does one eat an elephant? One bite at a time and that has been our approach to Bok.”
While that method has worked, it’s not one that can be deployed at just any building and the Bok isn’t just any building. The Bok is now 98% occupied with an eclectic mix of 250 different tenants that include artists, makers, nonprofits, and cultural organizations, among others.
*Article courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journal
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