It’s a little outside of our usual geographic reach, but this one is so important that we felt we had to share. The old Roberto Clemente Middle School, located at 3921 N 5th St., has gotten approval for a complete overhaul.
First, some history:
According to Hidden City, the building was originally built as the Apex Hosiery Factory, but became a school in 1967. As the decades passed, the school fell into deplorable condition and finally closed in 1994 after a new Clemente School was constructed at 2nd & Erie. From there, the building was used as the Greater Philadelphia Book Bank, a resource that allowed teachers to pick up used school books for free. That was closed down by the School District in 2007, and the building has sat vacant since.
Looking up 5th Street
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Our cake runneth over
Obviously, we’re generally only interested in development taking place in and around Philadelphia. But we also have a certain fascination with funky architecture stories from other cities. So when a reader sent along this story from The Atlantic Cities, we couldn’t resist sharing.
At first glance, you may think that the facade is falling off the house pictured above. It is, in a sense, but it’s actually a little more complicated than unexpectedly failing architecture in a seaside English town. The home you see above is actually a public art installation from designer Alex Chinneck. The home was previously blighted and vacant, and was acquired by the town’s government to turn into public housing. But the renovation isn’t expected to begin for about a year.
Past vs. Present
In an effort to both eliminate blight in the…
A couple of weeks ago, we broke the news that nine new townhomes would soon be coming to 2100 block of Walnut Street. While those homes are being built, a new retail amenity should be arriving across the street. Total Serenity Day Spa has moved out of their space at 2108 Walnut St. to a new location down the block, and their old space is available for rent.
Space for rent
With such a prime location, we imagine a new tenant will be relatively easy to find. What would people like to see here?
Excitement abounded back in August when we told you that the dream of a Philly Bike Share was finally going to become a reality in 2014. And while we have nothing but enthusiasm for this concept which has worked so nicely in other towns, there’s still a lot of logistical work to be done before this thing can take off. One of the most important things that have yet to be determined is where the bike share stations will be located.
Bike share map
The map above shows the core of the network’s boundaries along with the greater system which will stretch into the surrounding neighborhoods. And while this map will serve as a guide, the precise locations of the bike stations will have a major impact on just how user-friendly and therefore popular the Bike Share ends up being. Currently, the
It’s no secret that Philadelphia has a considerable amount of vacant land. If you read this blog with any regularity, then you’re surely noticed that hardly a day goes by that we don’t mention a vacant lot in some rapidly developing neighborhood that’s being replaced by a new building. The fact that we’ve been doing this for nearly three years with no shortage of new development opportunities on the horizon should give you just a little insight into how much vacant land there is to be found in Philadelphia.
12th and Spring Garden
Then there’s all the vacant land in neighborhoods that aren’t on the development track. Several neighborhoods have acres of vacancy, sometimes only interrupted by empty and blighted buildings. Some of this land is owned privately, some is owned by the City. Of the privately owned land, it’s fair to speculate that much…