Down at Front & Callowhill, I-95 looms above above everything. Because of this, we’d imagine, there’s been a bit of a vacant land problem here over the years. One of those vacant lots will soon be replaced, though, by a beautiful new mixed-use building. Yes, 107 Callowhill St. will soon see some serious changes.
Looking west on Callowhill, you can see the highway
A couple of weeks ago, the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association Zoning Committee approved architect Steve Maffei’s proposal to construct a new building with four apartments and an upstairs commercial space. One apartment will be located on the first floor, two will be on the second floor, and the fourth will span the third and fourth floors. Maffei plans to relocate his Abitare Studios…
About a year and a half ago, we passed along the exciting news that 801-805 N. 2nd St., the self-proclaimed “Best Corner Left in Northern Liberties,” was finally going to be developed. Plans were approved by the ZBA for a six-story building with ten apartments, ground-floor commercial, and almost 1:1 parking. Landmark Architectural Design provided a rendering that looked both good to us, and appropriate for the neighborhood.
Previously proposed building
Somewhere along the line, though, these plans fell through. A couple of months ago, the developer who proposed the project above sold the parcel to a new party, East Firth Street LP, for $740K. Earlier this month, an attorney for the new ownership group presented NLNA with revised plans for this location- a two story building with a…
When the Duck Flats proposal was first presented back in 2008, things were a go for twenty-five new condos in the form of ten units on the 800 block of N. Lawrence St. and fifteen to be built at 818-24 N. 4th St., incorporating a garage that once stored the Ride the Ducks boats.
Original overhead view
But the recession wiped that ditty away. Last year, the folks from Onion Flats devised an alternate plan for this project, cutting down the total number of units, scrapping the idea of mechanical parking (think parking lots with stacks of cars in New York) and dividing the project into two phases. Phase one included eight units on Lawrence Street, down from the ten that were originally planned.
“Giving the lending climate at the time,” said Ted Singer of Onion Flats, “unless you were…
Just east of 5th & Poplar in Northern Liberties, near the former WineO location that is now transitioning into another business, developers from Callahan Ward are looking to build on the northeast corner of St. John Neumann Way & Leithgow.
But their initial proposal for eight single-family homes with garages at 405-45 St. John Neumann Way will likely not pass through the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association zoning committee the way it’s currently designed. The land is currently is vacant and has been for some time.
According to Larry Freedman, NLNA zoning-chair, the NLNA stopped short of asking developers to reduce the number of units, but they did ask them to reappear before the committee with a more organized design, one that made better use of driveways. In order to accomplish that design, according to…
Perhaps developers interested in Northern Liberties have caught wind of how the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association zoning process works. If a developer presents a proposal that seems out of character with the neighborhood, NLNA asks them to make changes and come back with a proposal that better fits the area. Sometimes, developers have to present three or four times before they’re able to finalize a plan that NLNA agrees to support.
Last week, developers appeared before the NLNA Zoning Committee with an initial proposal to build seven single-family homes at 927-31 Front. St., on a block that’s currently being redeveloped across the board. The lot was purchased in May 2012 for $600K.
“Just to see if neighbors would support the basic setup,” said Larry Freedman, NLNA zoning chair. According to Freedman, the developers will need to reappear with…
A couple of months ago, we told you about plans for a new home at 956 N. American St., a project that’s still under construction. Today, we have news about another development coming to the block- but first a word about the block itself. The 900 block of American Street represents steady new development with a design trend away from traditional brick fronts and toward a more contemporary look. Many homes here feature interesting horizontal and vertical window schemes that make the houses look like they were designed with Tetris pieces. Check it out:
New home framed out
Interesting architecture on the block
Metal-clad homes with colorful doors, partially hidden by trees
Last month, the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association supported developers’ plans for a new home at 964 N. American St., long…