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Rooftop Apartments, Wawa Planned for Mural Lofts

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A lot is in the works for the conversion project

The front of a brick building with ornate molding
The Mural Arts Lofts conversion was completed in 2015.
Melissa Romero

The Mural Lofts in the former Thaddeus Stevens School of Practice are poised to get three roof top neighbors.

Developer Eric Blumenfeld told potential investors last week on a tour of North Broad Street that they plan to build three residential apartments on the roof of the historic school, adding to the property's 56 one- and two-bedroom units that are nearly at full occupancy.

The roof top of the Mural Arts Lofts.
Melissa Romero

It's still in the early stages, so there isn't a set timeline on when the apartments would be built. Future residents would have panoramic views of the city, from City Hall to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to the Divine Lorraine.

In addition to the new apartments, EB Realty is planning to build its first ground-up commercial space next door on the corner of Spring Garden and North Broad. Billy Procida, who funded $16.2 million for the Mural Lofts project, says they're in talks with Wawa and Bank of America as the main tenants.