A reader who lives nearby was wondering about two homes on Wharton Street that are currently undergoing a little bit of plastic surgery. We investigated, and unfortunately found nothing too exciting to report. But here’s the facts anyway, Jack (note, the reader wasn’t named Jack).
In the past
513 Wharton St. looks like it’s been in the same family since at least the 1980s. It hasn’t been listed for sale of late, so we’re guessing the folks who have owned it for years aren’t going anywhere. Looking at the old facade in the photo above, we’re guessing that it was just time to replace the front of the building and not an effort to spruce up the property in advance of a sale. We do hope that the new facade incorporates some cornice element, as the cornice that…
It’s been nearly two years since we last visited 1526 S. 10th St., a one-story building with dreams of a taller life. When we were here the last time, the building was only one story tall, with a tarp on the roof. But plans were in the works for a three story addition, and a conversion into a large home.
In the past
It’s been radio silence on this property for months on end, but just recently a reader gave us the heads up that something was finally happening on this site.
Framing out the addition
We were expecting three new stories, but it seems that the building is only getting two new ones. Still, plans are for four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and parking in this newly expanded building, according to an old listing. Interestingly,…
Recent changes and a rise in residential development in Passyunk Square have inspired one owner, also a realtor, to plan to convert a ground-floor studio at 12th & Ellsworth into a bakery and coffee shop. With the nearest café four blocks away and on the other side of Washington, this could fill a need for area residents new and old.
When Paul Chin first purchased 1149 S. 12th St. around 1999, he appeared before the ZBA and received a variance to turn the former butcher shop and florist into a studio apartment. Now he wants to change the first-floor space back into its original use.
Cafe coming here soon
“It seems like there is a need,” said Chin, about why he is seeking a variance now for takeout in order to be able to sell coffee and baked goods out…
In South Philly, neighbors celebrated a move toward increased community and sustainability with a November 23rd ribbon cutting ceremony for the Andrew Jackson School Rooftop Garden at 1213 S. 12th St. in Passyunk Square. This comes on the heels of plans for another rooftop garden at a different public school south of Broad.
This garden differs in form and function from the stormwater management garden we told you about last spring, planned for South Philly High. This summer, the project exceeded its Kickstarter goal to raise necessary funds, Newsworks reported.
At the Jackson School, the roof is less than one-story off the ground. The garden will occupy one-third of the roof of a partially-subterranean multi-purpose room, which has been used as an outdoor space for a classroom that was once a library. Plans for…
A one-off development on an alley-sized street in Passyunk Square is an example of how development is spreading in the neighborhood.
Developers with plans to transform a garage at 1203 S. Clarion St. into a three-story single family home received a vote of non-opposition from the Passyunk Square Civic Association earlier this month. This marks a fast turnaround for a property acquired in July. The developers plan to reuse the once graffiti-covered garage and renovate the exterior to a brick front, which is more in line with surrounding structures, according to Tina Geary of the PSCA zoning committee. An abutting neighbor will lose an illegal window fixed in what will become a party wall between the two homes, she added.
“I think most people view it as a positive change,” said Geary. “It’s just a garage now and…
Passyunk Avenue has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade, with new shops and restaurants seemingly opening in every available retail space. With space now becoming more of a premium, rents are beginning to tick up, with local crush El Zarape moving to a new location for just that reason. Also possibly due to improving economic conditions on the Avenue, some property owners are making new investments in their properties to make them attractive to potential tenants. Take, for example, 1535 S. 11th St., a building located next to Fond and across the street from the Singing Fountain.
It's one off the corner
Closeup of the property
As you can see, the building is currently set up for residential use despite its extremely desirable location. So last month, the owners of this property appeared before the Passyunk…