In Francisville, 20th Street Properties LLC has been capitalizing on widespread redevelopment by purchasing and razing vacant properties and building new homes on the same lots. They’ve been buying up many of these properties from PHA and as such have been contributing to the transformation that has swept Francisville the past couple of years, with 19th & Poplar as its nexus.
An example of their work
Now that many projects have wrapped up around 19th & Poplar, we’ve become more interested in 853 N. 20th St., a blighted purplish red home next to Ogden Park, which we believe to be the third of three vacant properties this developer acquired from PHA in November 2012 for $290K. One of the others, 825 N. 20th St. is on this block, while the other is one block south at 713 N.…
A reader tipped us off the other day that a foundation has appeared at a long vacant lot at the southwest corner of Uber & Brown. This corner has been vacant for quite some time, and we understand a single family home will soon be rising here.
The parcel was purchased back in 2009 by Boris Grinberg, who has tried to sell it for $100K in the past couple of years. No idea whether Grinberg is the one building the home, or whether he’s sold it to someone and the transaction just hasn’t shown up in public record. Whether it’s him or somebody else, it’s certainly good news to see that this lot is being filled in.
And it doesn’t come as any kind of surprise, considering all the development that’s taken place or is yet to come within a…
For years, a large vacant lot could be found on the northeast corner of 19th & Fairmount, accompanied by a mural featuring Noam Chomsky. A little less than a year ago, construction began on a new mixed-use building that would feature a large commercial space, fifteen rental apartments, and seven onsite parking spaces. For many months, a construction fence and large construction vehicles complicated traffic on 19th Street. Passing by this corner earlier this week, we were pleased to discover the fence is gone and the building is nearly complete.
In the past
Less than two months ago, we gave you some more information about the expected tenant for the space, Tela’s Market and Kitchen. They will be selling grocery items, locally grown produce, sandwiches, soups, salads, and coffee for sit-down and take-out.…
Over the last year or so, one intersection in Francisville has provided us with so much material we ought award it the Naked Philly MVP. But all good things must come to an end, as now a whole fistful of projects focused around the vortex of 19th & Poplar have come to their completion.
The big boy at this corner
The largest of these projects is the 35-unit Loonstyn development, on a triangular lot just south of the intersection. What was last year a blighted warehouse is now a strip of new contemporary town homes with some of the units now occupied. On the southwest corner, five duplexes have replaced a church. Just north of the intersection, a strip of renovation is also finished. A few months ago, we told you about the Ginnodo Street…
We were in the area just last week and spotted some new construction on the 1500 block of Poplar Street. As you might expect, we went right to the L&I Map to see what we could learn about this new development, which is replacing a vacant lot.
From the west
The permits that have been pulled for this project are not entirely clear, but here’s what we were able to glean: What you see above will be a four-story structure with six apartment units and first floor parking. In addition, this parcel is associated with an already existing garage on Cambridge Street which is also undergoing some interior and exterior renovation. The address of the entire project, surprisingly, is 1518-20 Cambridge St.
This building has gotten some work in the last couple of years
We last visited little Capitol Street back in July, when we told you about a completed project on the 700 block, along with an in-progress project and a coming soon project on the 800 block. We were back on the 800 block earlier this week thanks to a tip from a reader, and spotted two new homes under construction. Previously, two two-story homes stood at 811-13 Capitol St.
In the past
The northern building is owned by Emerald Properties, which purchased the property earlier this year. Cormac Mcaleer owns the southern one, having bought it back in 2012. We’re not sure, but we wouldn’t rule out the possibility that though the ownership names differ, the developer is the same. In fact, it seems awfully likely.
Meanwhile, just to the south, a disaster of a building…