A reader who lives nearby was wondering about two homes on Wharton Street that are currently undergoing a little bit of plastic surgery. We investigated, and unfortunately found nothing too exciting to report. But here’s the facts anyway, Jack (note, the reader wasn’t named Jack).
In the past
513 Wharton St. looks like it’s been in the same family since at least the 1980s. It hasn’t been listed for sale of late, so we’re guessing the folks who have owned it for years aren’t going anywhere. Looking at the old facade in the photo above, we’re guessing that it was just time to replace the front of the building and not an effort to spruce up the property in advance of a sale. We do hope that the new facade incorporates some cornice element, as the cornice that…
About two years ago, we brought you the news that a new cafe, Teaful Bliss, would be opening at the corner of 11th & Spring Garden. This seemed to make a lot of sense to us, as the neighborhood to the north was experiencing a revival and the surrounding blocks of Spring Garden Street were seeing several new businesses pop up at that time. Unfortunately, the shop closed earlier this year and we figured it was the end for Teaful Bliss.
Former space now for rent
But a reader gave us the great news the other day that Teaful Bliss has been reincarnated! In Brewerytown! We passed by their new digs at 918 N 28th St. the other day, and were pleased to see that the place has indeed been reborn across town. Their new space is…
Two years ago, 747 N. 24th St. was a worn looking mixed-use building with an inactive corner commercial space. A couple of pictures and a Phillies flag were all that prettied up the storefront’s otherwise blocked-out windows. Signs were on the building, suggesting that the owner was willing to sell, but we’d imagine it took some time for him to find a buyer willing to pay his desired price. But about a year ago, a new owner took possession of this building for the first time in about seventy-five years and set to the task of renovating it completely.
In the past
The most visible results of this renovation are new windows, blue stucco covering the bricks, and the complete elimination of the commercial space. Fortunately, the existing cornices look to have been restored and painted, maintaining an important element of the…
A reader tipped us off the other day that several homes are currently under construction on the 1900 block of Latona Street. Yesterday, we zipped over there to take a look and found three active construction sites to share with you. First, we look at 1929 Latona St., which is being demolished, according to the permits. Public record tells us that Realkore One LLC bought the property back in 2005, though we wonder whether construction signals a new owner on the scene.
Coming down. Previously this building had green vinyl siding like its neighbor
Moving to the east, we turn to 1920 Latona St., which is currently getting cleaned out. This property was listed for sale at an asking price just shy of $100K, and is either under agreement or has already sold. While the previous property is getting demoed, this one…
While this is more of a side dish than a meaty main course of development news, a three-story home on Washington Ave. just east of the Italian Market is getting a makeover. But when looked at in the context of other one-off improvements and developments in the immediate vicinity, the renovation of 725 Washington Ave. becomes part of a bigger story.
In the past
Over the past few years, its exterior had slowly meandered to a worn state. But the old facade has been replaced in recent months, and the ground-floor has been changed over to an office use. Perhaps the fact the property was purchased last October for $225K led to the renovations, which are also slowly happening at other spots in this neighborhood.
With the new facade, cornice continuity is gone
Nearby, a new building…
Now that all of University City’s biggest institutions, including Drexel, the Science Center, and Penn are building new towers, pockets in nearby neighborhoods where development has been quiet for years are now seeing improvement, like rapid development near 40th & Baring (though if you look at the architecture over there, improvement might not really be the right word).
When you come over the Spring Garden Bridge there are three new projects now under construction on Spring Garden before you hit 35th Street. From Spring Garden Street, the bulk of traffic heads south. But last week, on the lookout for new projects, we decided to head north.
Quadplex under construction
It wasn’t long before we spotted 516 N. 34th St., a new corner quadplex under construction at 34th & Brandywine. The property was purchased in June 2012 for $80K. Surely, it will be…