In South Kensington, redevelopment is happening all over the place. New homes are replacing long-vacant lots. Old warehouses and factories are being repurposed into apartments and offices. And a couple of huge projects on the horizon promise to add a large number of residents and businesses to the area in the coming years.
D3 Developers has been active in this neighborhood of late, redeveloping the former Pieri lamp factory at Front & Oxford into a mixed-use development with apartments, offices, and retail. The project, dubbed Oxford Mills, is adapting the existing buildings on the site, and connecting separate structures via a promenade of sorts. The project will target teacher residents, and will include 40,000 sqft of office space for non-profits. As industry has moved on from Kensington, these types of projects are key for the future of the neighborhood.
Also important is the…
A little over a year ago, Around the Clock Market opened its doors at 103-105 W. Girard Ave. in the space formerly occupied by Trax Foods. Now, this space could soon be home to another convenience store or whatever makes a new tenant’s dreams come true. We were heading into Fishtown yesterday and spotted a sign advertising 2,200 sqft of retail space at this location, with some of the shuttered convenience store’s wares still visible in the window.
Space wraps around to Front Street
No doubt, this location gets considerable foot traffic from folks living nearby and using the El, making the convenience store concept a seemingly attractive play. On the other hand, a 7-11 is located only a hundred yards away, which is probably one of the reasons…
Two years ago, we brought you the exciting news that 3rd Ward would be opening a new location at 4th & Thompson. Straight out of Brooklyn, this art school/studio/community represented an awesome addition to South Kensington, and new life for two old buildings. Earlier this year, after some delays, 3rd Ward opened their doors. And yesterday, not even five months later, they closed them for good.
Yesterday, after their Brooklyn location also shut down, the New York Observer reported rumors of impending foreclosure or bankruptcy. According to a now-closed Fundrise campaign to sell off equity in the business in exchange for cash, the company was operating at a loss. They suggested that this was due to decreased revenue in Brooklyn, advance spending needs for another project, and an inability of the Philadelphia location to stop…
Almost a year ago, we celebrated the opening of Brewerytown’s first supermarket in decades as Bottom Dollar opened its doors at 31st & Girard. Little time has passed, but now Bottom Dollar is poised to open another location about twenty blocks away. At 9th & Girard, groundbreaking recently took place for 9th Street Marketplace, a new shopping center that already has two tenants lined up. We mentioned the potential for this development over two years ago.
In the past
Current view with foreboding clouds
At that time, we were under the impression that the project would be developed by an offshoot of Tower Investments, the company that was, at that time, building a supermarket at 2nd & Girard. As time has passed, the development…
Right around the corner from where 191 units are being proposed for a huge vacant lot at Germantown and Thompson, at 221 W. Girard Ave., a three-story building is being renovated. When finished, it will include some new bay windows and a little retail space on the first floor.
According to City records, Modern Development Group purchased the property in February for only $20K. Google Images from 2011 show the building sporting a booger yellow shabbily stuccoed ground floor and what looks like a construction permit on a ground-floor window.
In the past
If this part of Girard Ave. is ever to catch up to East Girard, it’s got its work cut out for it. East of Front Street, Girard has seen several new additions in the past few years, where Johnny…
Last June, we told you about plans for twenty new apartments for the corner of 2nd & Jefferson in South Kensington. At that time, the large parcel was mostly vacant land, and also contained the remains of an old lumber mill. Last summer, the lot was overgrown to the point that it almost resembled a jungle.
In the past
A few months ago, construction finally got underway on this project from RPM Builders, designed by Harman Deutsch. In case you don’t recall, the project calls for two 10-unit buildings side-by-side, with parking in between them. So far, the building on the corner of 2nd & Jefferson is fully framed, and work has begun on the building to the east. As you can see, these structures are four stories tall.