In Francisville, 20th Street Properties LLC has been capitalizing on widespread redevelopment by purchasing and razing vacant properties and building new homes on the same lots. They’ve been buying up many of these properties from PHA and as such have been contributing to the transformation that has swept Francisville the past couple of years, with 19th & Poplar as its nexus.
An example of their work
Now that many projects have wrapped up around 19th & Poplar, we’ve become more interested in 853 N. 20th St., a blighted purplish red home next to Ogden Park, which we believe to be the third of three vacant properties this developer acquired from PHA in November 2012 for $290K. One of the others, 825 N. 20th St. is on this block, while the other is one block south at 713 N.…
We were in the neighborhood the other day and spotted some new zoning signs at 2042-44 Frankford Ave., a large vacant lot at the corner of Frankford & Susquehanna. A new project at this corner would represent additional action on a block that’s currently experiencing some construction in anticipation of Frank 2 from Postgreen and will surely see some additional development with the impending sale of four large City lots further down the block.
Looking at public record, it seems that the developers bought the nice-sized parcel from the Bethel Baptist Church of Kensington earlier this year for $150K. We don’t know what the church was planning to do with the land when it made the purchase back in the early 1990s, but
A decade from now, the face of University City will be one lined with new features and high-rise development. Most recently, Drexel celebrated the completion of its new $92M 12-story LeBow Hall at 32nd & Market. The school has a green roof, a Green Globe certificate and includes LeBow College’s five centers.
In the past. Image by Chris Cowen
Two years ago, the new LeBow building was the site of Matheson Hall, a standard square institutional building. We’ve covered the process from demolition, to the release of the designs of the structure that includes four stories fronted by all glass, through the construction process, and now to completion.
Glass plus a tower
Drexel has been busy building new facilities and announcing plans to construct new buildings. A month ago,…
It’s been nearly two years since we last visited 1526 S. 10th St., a one-story building with dreams of a taller life. When we were here the last time, the building was only one story tall, with a tarp on the roof. But plans were in the works for a three story addition, and a conversion into a large home.
In the past
It’s been radio silence on this property for months on end, but just recently a reader gave us the heads up that something was finally happening on this site.
Framing out the addition
We were expecting three new stories, but it seems that the building is only getting two new ones. Still, plans are for four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and parking in this newly expanded building, according to an old listing. Interestingly,…
It’s been almost two years since we’ve last thought about 2017-23 Chestnut St., a building that’s sat vacant since 1991. When we last checked in on the former YWCA annex, we brought you the wonderful news that the PRA was finally selling the property to Aquinas Realty Partners for a price of $800K. Zoning approval was given in 2012, and the sale finally went through earlier this year. About a week ago, a reader sent us a photo that tells us that the project is finally moving forward.
Demolition notice, a little blurry
Clear shot of the entire building
Two years ago, we thought that the developers would be building an addition onto the existing building. Plans apparently changed, and now the plan is to demolish the entire structure. In its…
A few weeks ago, we told you about a new home replacing a long-vacant lot on the 1900 block of Christian Street. At the time, some commenters noted that the house would either be shorter than its neighbors or taller, with the possible addition of a fourth story. With framing complete, we can confirm that a fourth story ain’t coming any time soon.
Few weeks back
Same house, viewed from the west
We wonder, why in the world would these builders opt to go so much shorter than the homes next door? On a block that has a largely intact run of cornice lines, this property sticks out like a sore thumb. Kind of a shame, if you ask us.