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West Philadelphia High School apartments prep for summer move-ins

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Things are shaping up at the historic school-turned-apartment building

West Philadelphia High School is now West Lofts.
Renderings courtesy of West Lofts

It’s been some time since we checked in on progress at the conversion of the historic West Philadelphia High School into apartments. But we now know that some of the units will be move-in ready by this June—and based on the renderings, the so-called “West Lofts” are going to be pretty great.

Galman Group, which is handling the building’s management, told Curbed Philly that the finishing touches are being made to the model units and showings and leasing should begin the first week of May. Move-ins are expected to begin in June.

One of the entrances to West Philadelphia High School, in 2016.
Photo by Melissa Romero

It’s been a long road to this point for West Philadelphia High School. The late Gothic revival high school was built in 1912, and, along with dozens of other city public schools, closed its doors in 2011. Students moved to another, newer building a few blocks away, while the former school, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, sat abandoned for years.

Today, it’s reborn as West Lofts, and will feature 268 apartments, ranging from studio to 3-bedroom units. The 1-, 2-, and 3-bedrooms are bi-level and all of the building’s hardwood floors have been refinished.

The lofts are being built out in phases and by floor. The first apartments offered for lease will be located on the second floor.

Curbed Philly was also told that the gym is likely to be “one of the coolest features” at West Lofts. The raised indoor track was preserved and fully restored.

The units prices seem pretty standard and range from $995 for a studio up to $2,430 for a 3-bedroom unit. You can ogle over the sweet renderings and floor plans below.

A sample floor plan of a 3-bedroom loft.