Ald. Russell Stamper, II
Press Release

Groundbreaking and Redevelopment at former Phillis Wheatley Elementary School


By - Apr 30th, 2021 04:10 pm

On Thursday, May 6th at 10 a.m., a special groundbreaking event for the redevelopment of the former Phillis Wheatley Elementary School will begin. The $22 million development will utilize already built portions of the elementary school and will also include construction of a new four-story building alongside it.

The new building will include more than 140,000 square feet with 82 living units, and it will provide a new, quality living space in an area which is in desperate need of such housing. Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II said the facility will have single, double and triple bedroom units, and will be accommodating of many lifestyles.

“This groundbreaking is monumental for the rejuvenation of the 53206 ZIP code, and I am proud that we are able to start the construction process at such a historically significant site,” Alderman Stamper said. “I would encourage local residents to attend the groundbreaking, as it will allow community members to get a glimpse at the building before construction begins on this wonderful structure.”

Social distancing and masks will be required at the event. The event will take place at 2442 N. 20th St. and attendees must register for the event by May 3rd at

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