Last week, we told you about a new hole we spotted near 17th & Diamond that will soon turn into new student rentals near Temple. Today we have some other projects to tell you about nearby, buildings which we would also wager will eventually contain Temple students. First, we look at the northeast corner of 18th & Monument, where a new quadplex has been framed out. Across the street on 18th are a bunch of buildings that have gone up in recent years.
Looking west on Monument
After turning onto 18th Street, you see these rentals
As you continue up 18th Street toward Berks, you spot two other projects. On the southwest corner of the intersection is a future triplex with some “commercial space” planned…
We probably make it up to the Temple area once every month or two, both to check in on the development going on in the area and to enjoy an inexpensive and delicious food truck lunch. Yesterday, after we polished off a tasty crepe, we were exploring near 17th & Diamond when we came upon a new and growing hole in the ground, next door to a building that’s under construction. A couple of years ago, this corner was pretty barren.
In the past
The other day
TRP Homes LLC bought the two lots on the corner earlier this year. According to the L&I Map, they’re building a three story mixed-use building which will have a first-floor office and eight apartments. We wonder whether this will be like some of the buildings…
Cecil B. Moore Avenue near Temple has seen a tremendous uptick in development in recent years. Student housing has exploded on this street, with new apartment buildings replacing vacant land, collapsed churches, and shuttered schools. With much of this new development residential in nature, it might surprise you to know that Cecil B. Moore is actually zoned to be a commercial corridor. That’s why some of the developments we’ve covered have had “vacant retail space” on the first floors of their apartment buildings which could never realistically house a successful business.
That could soon be the fate for 1630 and 1632 Cecil B. Moore Ave., mixed-use buildings that have been blighted for years. These properties were purchased back in August by Perivale LLC for $175K.
The middle buildings
These new owners have proposed demolishing the two…
Near Temple University, two blocks of Master Street depict the place where blight meets redevelopment. The 1700 block is home to a huge tract of vacant land, several other one-off lots, and a few blighted buildings. Just a block farther west, the 1800 block has five duplexes under construction, a project we first told you about almost two years ago. These buildings are going up where a warehouse once stood, but the site has been an overgrown strip of land for several years.
In the past
Nearby, the area surrounding Temple has been on an unprecedented redevelopment tear over the past few years. Drive down Broad street and you’ll quickly espy Temple’s new $216M residential tower at Broad & Cecil B. Moore, or you can walk through campus and see some other new buildings. But…
It seems like every time we venture up near Temple’s campus, there’s some new development to report. We still remember what this area looked like over a decade ago, which makes the last few years all the more amazing to us. Perhaps almost as incredible as the ongoing transformation taking place in this area is that it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.
New construction everywhere
1431 N 15th St. will soon represent the latest addition to the student housing glut in this neighborhood. Last week, developers Tejas Properties 2 LLC received approval from the ZBA to replace a large vacant lot with a four-story building that will contain twenty-six new apartments, three parking spots, and ten bike parking spots. Previously, there had been an application for seventeen apartments here that never went anywhere.
A few months ago, we told you about two “mixed-use” buildings under construction on the 1700 block of Cecil B. Revisiting the location last week, we saw that these two buildings have apparently been finished.
As can can possibly see in the photo above, the three vacant lots in between the now-completed buildings recently became construction sites themselves. Foundations have been poured here, and framing has begun. Looking at the L&I Map, it seems that the buildings that will rise here will resemble the westernmost new structure, rising four stories and containing four apartments and a “commercial space.”
Framing recently got started
You may have noticed, we’ve referred to the mixed-use nature of the buildings in quotes and did the same when speaking of the commercial…