The Roberto Clemente Middle School building is more than a century old, designed by Frederick Muhlenberg in 1924
as the Apex Hosiery Factory. It was eventually converted into the Pennsylvania Advancement Middle School,
and later renamed after Roberto Clemente, the famous baseball player. But it has been closed for a decade.
In that time, it’s stood as a symbol of blight and crime in the Hunting Park community.
PZS Architects is currently working with Esperanza to design thirty-eight apartment homes in the former
Roberto Clemente Middle School located in North Philadelphia. When complete the building will feature
28 two-bedroom units and 10 three-bedroom units. The building will also include a first floor retail component,
with over 5,000 SF of leaseable space in addition to a community room. This adaptive reuse project has been
b awarded funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, the Housing Trust Fund, and the
Philadelphia Housing Authority.
Existing Building Pre Demolition