In Pennsport, a project consisting of twelve contemporary homes replacing a house of God has progressed a long way since the 120-year-old St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church at 3rd & Reed was demolished several months ago.
In the past
When we passed by this corner the other day, the first two town homes of this project, designed by Harman Deutsch, had been framed out. The project will consist of two rows of six homes separated by a driveway accessed on Reed Street that will allow owners to drive right up to their garages. The homes will feature the usual amenities inside and will attempt to integrate a contemporary look with a traditional look, combining brick and cement board on the facades.
First two homes
Back in April, we told you about plans from developer Vitaly Paluchenko to replace a large vacant lot near Washington Avenue with three buildings, each of which would have three condo units. In the time that’s passed since then, ground has been broken at 1021-25 S. 18th St. and the buildings have been framed out.
In the past
Eventually, these buildings, designed by Harman Deutsch, will look something like this:
It’s true that some neighbors were not pleased about the aesthetic or the density here, but we’re okay with the former and could go either way on the latter point. One thing we are definitely pleased about is the elimination of the large vacant lot on this block.
Construction at a former vacant lot in Powelton Village shows how development in University City is beginning to spread block by block. Just down the street from the recently completed 2.0 University Place, a three-story structure has risen at 332 N. 41st St., a block north of Powelton Ave.
In the past
The new construction has at least two apartments and is designed by Harman Deutsch. It’s got a contemporary look that reminds us of the types of new construction commonly seen around Temple these days. Interestingly, the developers opted against having a front porch, making the building stick out (literally) from the surrounding homes. Kind of a shame, no? The property was purchased by Primavera Properties in October 2012 for $25K. And it looks to us like a strong investment, considering the…
If you don’t live in Queen Village, Bella Vista or Hawthorne, you’ve probably never heard of little Hall Street, which runs east-west between Montrose and Carpenter Streets. It’s one of those streets that appears and then disappears willy nilly, only to reappear a few blocks later and then dead end. The 1100 block of Hall only has about a dozen addresses, and can only be accessed via Montrose Street.
Another notable feature of this block is that dozens of people take advantage of vacant City-owned lots to park their cars. Huge lots on both the north and south side of the street were filled with cars when we stopped by the other day. But it seems that some of the folks enjoying this unexpected amenity will soon have to find a new place to put their vehicle.
Last June, we told you about plans for twenty new apartments for the corner of 2nd & Jefferson in South Kensington. At that time, the large parcel was mostly vacant land, and also contained the remains of an old lumber mill. Last summer, the lot was overgrown to the point that it almost resembled a jungle.
In the past
A few months ago, construction finally got underway on this project from RPM Builders, designed by Harman Deutsch. In case you don’t recall, the project calls for two 10-unit buildings side-by-side, with parking in between them. So far, the building on the corner of 2nd & Jefferson is fully framed, and work has begun on the building to the east. As you can see, these structures are four stories tall.
A couple of months ago, we told you about plans for a new mixed-use development on the northeast corner of 23rd & Christian. The developers in this case are the principals of the Senior Resource Group, a company that helps seniors choose insurance carriers. This company has been renting office space at this location for the past few years, and is now looking to build a new building to house their headquarters.
When the developers presented to SOSNA two months ago, they proposed a five-story building with commercial space on the first floor, office space for their company on the second floor, four apartments on the third floor, and three bilevel apartments spanning the fourth and fifth floors. At that meeting, many neighbors stood up to voice their opposition…