A couple of weeks ago, we told you about a new coat of paint at 20th & South, where Philly Cupcake had recently shut its doors after less than a year in business. At that time, we wondered how long it would take for the landlords to find a new tenant for the space. Apparently, not long at all.
Last night, we spotted a couple of guys working on the inside of the now vacant space, and we asked them about the new tenant. They didn’t have much info, except that the space would soon be occupied by an office of some kind. This is certainly not the most exciting news for the ever-growing South Street West corridor, but it’s still nice to see the space filled so quickly. Hopefully, the landlord for the former Baja Room…
Last month, we attended a packed ZBA hearing for a proposed project at 2300 South Street. In case you don’t recall the details of the project, it involves the demolition of the buildings currently on the site and the construction of a new four-story building with eighteen apartments and a large first-floor commercial space. We went through the project in detail over the summer after the developer presented to SOSNA, and you can click here if you’d like the full lowdown.
Proposed building from Plumbob
In August, we told you that many folks who live nearby, particularly those living immediately to the north, spoke out against the project due to its height and the lack of parking provided. Maybe two dozen people showed up to the zoning hearing in opposition, but didn’t have…
About a month ago, when Springfield Beer Distributors moved from their long-time location next to the South Street Bridge to 22nd & Washington, it occurred to us that it had been several months since we’d heard any news from CHOP about their massive Schuylkill Avenue development plan. The last time we wrote about the project was back in May, following a well-attended community meeting. Well, last night CHOP ran another meeting for the community, and some additional information was shared.
The basics of the project remain unchanged. The project will rise over the course of many years, encompassing four phases. The facility will mostly house clinical research and operations for the hospital, and will feature a connection to an extended Schuylkill River Trail. The first phase will begin construction next year, with a…
A few weeks ago, we told you about a new home replacing a long-vacant lot on the 1900 block of Christian Street. At the time, some commenters noted that the house would either be shorter than its neighbors or taller, with the possible addition of a fourth story. With framing complete, we can confirm that a fourth story ain’t coming any time soon.
Few weeks back
Same house, viewed from the west
We wonder, why in the world would these builders opt to go so much shorter than the homes next door? On a block that has a largely intact run of cornice lines, this property sticks out like a sore thumb. Kind of a shame, if you ask us.
Back in April, we visited the 2400 block of South Street and noted that construction on the first phase of the 2400 South project from Toll Brothers was finally underway. At that time, the first run of condos, located on South Street itself, were in the process of being framed out. As the months have rolled along, those buildings have been pretty much completed, and there has been impressive progress on the rest of the site.
As we mentioned above, the South Street buildings are pretty much finished. But unless you go to Bainbridge Street, you wouldn’t realize how much more of the project has progressed.
Building B from the Site Plan is looking like the outside is finished
Buildings C and D are coming along
At the end of October, Philly Cupcake closed their doors at 20th & South after less than a year in the space. We were obviously very disappointed to see the South Street West business close its doors, especially considering the success the corridor has had in the last few years. Passing by the other day, we did spot a touch of silver lining to this transition.
Back in October
As you can see, the circus colors on the storefront have been eliminated, and replaced with something that resembles the building’s original color scheme. We’re gonna say that was a good call by the landlords, wouldn’t you agree?