On the northeast corner of 6th & Poplar in Northern Liberties stands a warehouse with a history that will likely come as a surprise. In 1916, this building was constructed as the Poplar Theatre and seated over 850 people at its height. According to Cinema Treasures, it was converted into a printer’s warehouse in the 1960s, which eliminated most of the details that made it look like the theater it once was. It’s here that developers recently presented plans to demolish the old structure to make way for contemporary residential units.
View in 1962. Note the street had not yet been widened.
Building would go
Developers from Masada Builders are looking to demolish the building at 517-33 Poplar St. and construct a 40-unit apartment building with 1:1 off-street parking. At a…
Over a year ago, we told you about plans for nine new homes coming to the corner if 6th & Fairmount. It’s taken quite some time for this project to move forward, but over the last month or two the old building that stood on this site has been demolished. Now, it’s pretty much a flat dirt lot.
Hopefully, with demolition now nearly complete, the new homes will go up in short order. And perhaps this also means that homes will also soon be coming a block away. We shall keep our eyes open.
It’s no secret that development in Northern Liberties has pushed to the north and west as the years have gone by. So it should come as no surprise to hear about plans for four new buildings on 6th Street, north of Poplar. You may recall, eight huge new luxury homes have been under construction at the corner of 6th & Poplar for quite some time now, and those are now finally approaching the finish line. We can’t imagine that the project just now breaking ground will be anywhere near as fancy or high-end, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Homes at 6th and Poplar
Heading up 6th Street, you’ll currently find two new foundations at 943 and 945 N. 6th St., with vacant lots on either side. All of these lots have been vacant for quite some time, though…
We were buzzing our way through Northern Liberties the other day after enjoying some tasty free tacos at Union Taco’s grand opening, when we stumbled upon a new construction site. 427 Poplar St. has, for years, been an overgrown vacant lot. But soon enough, it will turn into a new home.
In the past
Earlier this year, NLNA gave their blessing to developer Chris Sincavage to merge part of the lot next door with this lot, and create a single open air parking spot on Lawrence Street to accompany a new home. As you can see, ground has been broken and formwork is in the ground in preparation for foundations.
Men at work
Yes folks, this just represents one more vacant lot in this neighborhood that’s disappearing.…
Down at Front & Callowhill, I-95 looms above above everything. Because of this, we’d imagine, there’s been a bit of a vacant land problem here over the years. One of those vacant lots will soon be replaced, though, by a beautiful new mixed-use building. Yes, 107 Callowhill St. will soon see some serious changes.
Looking west on Callowhill, you can see the highway
A couple of weeks ago, the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association Zoning Committee approved architect Steve Maffei’s proposal to construct a new building with four apartments and an upstairs commercial space. One apartment will be located on the first floor, two will be on the second floor, and the fourth will span the third and fourth floors. Maffei plans to relocate his Abitare Studios…
About a year and a half ago, we passed along the exciting news that 801-805 N. 2nd St., the self-proclaimed “Best Corner Left in Northern Liberties,” was finally going to be developed. Plans were approved by the ZBA for a six-story building with ten apartments, ground-floor commercial, and almost 1:1 parking. Landmark Architectural Design provided a rendering that looked both good to us, and appropriate for the neighborhood.
Previously proposed building
Somewhere along the line, though, these plans fell through. A couple of months ago, the developer who proposed the project above sold the parcel to a new party, East Firth Street LP, for $740K. Earlier this month, an attorney for the new ownership group presented NLNA with revised plans for this location- a two story building with a…