Preliminary discussions have taken place between developers and neighbors regarding a mixed-use development project envisioned at the southeastern corner of 27th & Girard. If the project materializes, it would provide a much needed revitalization to this stretch of Girard Avenue, though a groundbreaking could still be as long as a year away.
Tentative plans are for a four-story building with ground-floor retail and residential units above to be constructed with Girard Avenue frontage between Taney and N. 27 Streets, according to a Fairmount Civic Association (FCA) zoning member. The lot behind the North Star Bar may be incorporated into the parking scheme, which would be in the rear of the building. The project is a collaboration between MM Partners and the suburban-based American Development Co.
View from 27th Street
As we’ve told you numerous times over the past year, MM Partners is a driving force behind the development activity in the Brewerytown neighborhood. And in 2013, they will continue to play the same role. We told you about one of their 2013 projects, Cambridge Row, just the other day. Today, we’d like to give you a few details about another MM Partners project, 30 Baltz.
As the name suggests, 30 Baltz will be taking place on the 3000 block of Baltz Street, which has gotten a couple of new houses in recent years and will soon be getting a new coffee shop at the corner of 31st Street. This particular project will see three vacant lots on the block get redeveloped, starting with the northwest corner of 30th & Baltz.
In the past
MM Partners, probably the most active developer in the Brewerytown neighborhood, are at it again. We’ve covered numerous projects from these guys over the past several months, including North28, and the ongoing renovation of the MG Schweiker Building. This time, they’ve turned their attention back to Brewerytown’s commercial corridor, cleaning up a gross storefront and opening a pop-up garden store at 2710 W Girard Ave.
In the past
Girard Supply Co. is an effort to give urban gardeners a neighborhood alternative to Home Depot or Lowe’s. With numerous plants as well as gardening design elements from SHIFT_DESIGN, this new store brightens up a commercial space that’s still, for all intents and purposes, in shell condition.
Not only does the store brighten up…
Last summer, we told you about a gorgeous structure, coined the M.G. Schweiker building, at Jefferson and Bailey Sts. in Brewerytown. At the time, the handsome edifice was on the market for $80K, which we deemed too high a price considering its location and poor condition. We hoped that the sellers would drop the price, allowing an enterprising developer to undertake preserving the building and restoring it to its former glory.
Last month, we got the heads up that Brewerytown development dynamos MM Partners had the building under agreement. And wouldn’t you know it, they were able to get the building at a price that made the building’s redevelopment possible. Isn’t it nice when sellers get the memo that their properties are listed for almost twice what they’re worth and come down to a reasonable…
Last month, we stood around and witnessed the delivery and installation of the modular pieces for North 28, an important Brewerytown residential development. When we were over there, some of the components had already been assembled, and some were still sitting on trucks. What a difference a month makes.
A couple of days ago
From the south
Obviously, it will be a little while before everything is complete, and it looks like this:
From JKR Partners
But it won’t be long now. We hear that you’ll be able to take a peek at some of the units in the next couple of weeks. Good stuff.
Keep up the good work, MM Partners!
It’s been awhile since our last update on North 28, the large development at 1238 N 28th St. from MM Partners. Today, we had the unique pleasure of witnessing a sight not often seen- the assembly of several modular components to form the structure that will soon become three one-bedroom and twelve two-bedroom units. When completed, this project will include almost 15K sqft of living space.
Take a look at this photo gallery of the modular build currently in progress.
Built so far…
Same building, from across the street
A shower, not yet tiled
Kitchen cabinets, without countertops
Yeah, they're still on the street
The entire component, with kitchen