Heading down 17th Street in Point Breeze, there are numerous construction projects to be seen, all in different stages of the process. The first one we spotted as we made our way down the street last week was 1234 S. 17th St., which was formerly a vacant lot. The new building will soon be a triplex, and the units will likely be offered as rentals.
A new hole
Just a few doors down, at 1242 S. 17th St., are brand foundations for another triplex. This one is next to a new single-family home that just sold, and across the street from three more new homes.
Looking north on 17th, we see a new foundation
New homes across the street
Continuing down the street and crossing Wharton, we find…
Over two years ago, we first brought 1201 S. 21st St. to your attention. At that time, we complained that the building was an eyesore, and hoped that the owners would either sell it or fix it up. Six months later, we learned that the owners were indeed working to improve the building, applying for and receiving a zoning variance to demolish the building and replace it with a new construction, mixed-use building.
In the past
Since then, it’s been pretty much status quo with the structure, and we were thinking that perhaps the plans had fallen through. Passing by the other day, though, we noticed that something was finally happening here.
Facade coming off
Is this old framing? New framing? Is the building being demolished? Just supported? We don’t know for sure, but we are…
A reader tipped us off the other day that several homes are currently under construction on the 1900 block of Latona Street. Yesterday, we zipped over there to take a look and found three active construction sites to share with you. First, we look at 1929 Latona St., which is being demolished, according to the permits. Public record tells us that Realkore One LLC bought the property back in 2005, though we wonder whether construction signals a new owner on the scene.
Coming down. Previously this building had green vinyl siding like its neighbor
Moving to the east, we turn to 1920 Latona St., which is currently getting cleaned out. This property was listed for sale at an asking price just shy of $100K, and is either under agreement or has already sold. While the previous property is getting demoed, this one…
A couple of years ago, when 2147 Ellsworth St. was undergoing a major renovation, we were worried about the future of the mural on the side wall of the home. This mural, called We the Youth, had been painted in 1987 by Keith Haring along with kids from the Brandywine Workshop, and stood alone locally as a tribute to the late artist who grew up about an hour from Philadelphia.
Under construction in February of 2012
Fortunately, the developer who was renovating the property understood the artistic and cultural value of the mural, and did not cover it up. Late last year, the property sold to new owners.
But according to the Inquirer, the mural was in rough shape after the renovation (mostly due to wear and tear, not the construction per se), with the stucco…
Do you live in Point Breeze? Do you have young kids? Are you thinking about having young kids sometime soon? Are you as concerned as the rest of us about the state of the public school system in this town? Are you looking for something to do this afternoon?
Might we suggest visiting a block party on Wharton Street between 15th and 16th Streets between 1 and 4pm? Neighbors Investing in Childs Elementary (NICE), a group of people who “are dedicated to creating a safe, creative learning environment at” Childs Elementary, are throwing a block party to kick off the school year and spread word of their efforts through the community. There will be games, snacks, and prizes.
So… check it out!
A little less than two weeks ago, the ZBA granted a variance that will pave the way for twelve new homes to rise on the 1300 block of Chadwick Street. We first told you about this project, which has gone through several iterations after no less than seven community meetings and countless meetings with neighbors, back in August. With groundbreaking expected to take place rather soon, this block will soon see a giant plot of vacant land start to fill in with new homes.
Recent shot of the lot
Rendering of the homes. Please note the pilot houses have been eliminated
Just because these homes are getting built doesn’t mean an end to vacant land on the 1300 block of Chadwick Street. First, the homes won’t be getting built on all the vacant land on the east side…