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
It’s been nearly another year, making for an almost two-year tale, since we checked in on development at the former venetian blind factory at 916-24 Green St. in the West Poplar or “Spring Arts” neighborhood. Last January the building’s cathedral top and dormers had been sliced off, and as of this November a third story had been added to the building and construction was progressing.
Two years back
The other day
When we last explored this redevelopment, we were confused by the zoning notice that sought to separate the structure into five separate homes, demolish the two story rear of the existing building, and rebuild it as a three story structure with car ports in the backs of the houses. We’re still not sure how that applies to this project, as it looks like a straightforward…
Almost a decade ago, plans were tossed around to convert 1106-14 Spring Garden St., more commonly referred to as the Lawsonia building, into six condos, in a project that was to be called “The Sydney” Why didn’t the project happen? Why were they going to call it “The Sydney?” Who honestly thought that condos on this block of Spring Garden Street were a good idea back then?
Whatever the answers are to those questions, the project didn’t happen. Now, it looks like something is finally on the way here, and it’s a much more appropriate project given the location.
Last week, developers presented a project to the Callowhill Neighborhood Association to create forty apartment units here, with eighteen parking spots. Based on our reading of the plans, the existing facade will be maintained, with a commercial space of…
In South Kensington, redevelopment is happening all over the place. New homes are replacing long-vacant lots. Old warehouses and factories are being repurposed into apartments and offices. And a couple of huge projects on the horizon promise to add a large number of residents and businesses to the area in the coming years.
D3 Developers has been active in this neighborhood of late, redeveloping the former Pieri lamp factory at Front & Oxford into a mixed-use development with apartments, offices, and retail. The project, dubbed Oxford Mills, is adapting the existing buildings on the site, and connecting separate structures via a promenade of sorts. The project will target teacher residents, and will include 40,000 sqft of office space for non-profits. As industry has moved on from Kensington, these types of projects are key for the future of the neighborhood.
Also important is the…
A project that’s apparently been percolating for years is finally progressing on Terrace Street, just a short distance from the modular development on Ridge we told you about the other day. The former Polish Falcon Hall at 3967 Terrace St. has been vacant for quite some time, but will soon contain seven condo units.
In the past
The other day
According to the Manayunk-Roxborough Patch, the developers of this project, Nicolas DiGiulio and Khara Cartagena, were struggling to get financing lined up for the project. Because of these problems, they asked the community for
On the Fishtown-Kensington border, there are a few projects to speak of these days under the El, like the ongoing adaptive reuse of an old warehouse at Front & Oxford and the recently renovated former distillery a few blocks to the south. With those projects in mind, plus a few others proposed and ongoing nearby, we got to wondering about a boarded up property at 26 W. Oxford St., just across the street from the former Pieri warehouse.
Adaptive reuse on the other side of the El
This home is the last of a row of homes on the block, with a large vacant lot to its west. Two lots next door have been purchased by a private developer over the last year, with the lot between them unfortunately owned…