In recent weeks, Passyunk Square residents have learned about several interesting new projects planned for their neighborhood. Developers from FUSA Designs recently appeared before the Passyunk Square Civic Association Zoning Committee with preliminary plans to transform a colorful strip on Darien Street into new homes.
Developers want to construct 3 three-story and 3 four-story homes at 1403-09 Darien St., which is located on a little alleyway off of the 800 block of Reed Street. Initial feedback from PSCA was positive, but committee members wanted to see the density reduced, perhaps by one unit, to make the homes more livable, according to Tina Geary, a member of the zoning committee. While the frontage for the property is significant, the depth of the lot is only 41′, making for tight homes and tiny backyards
Old warehouse would go
Some time ago, we told you about a partially constructed building at 2030-32 E Dauphin St. that was going up for sheriff’s sale. We explained that the ten-unit building with parking could be yours, provided you could come up with like half a million bucks and a few hundred thou more to finish the building.
In the past
Passing by the other day, we noticed that somebody has indeed purchased the building and finished the construction job.
Other side of the building on Fletcher Street
Several of the units have already been rented, and a few remain. Asking prices range from $1,400/mo for a one-bedroom to $2,100/mo for a three-bedroom. Units look pretty nice, might be worth a look if you’re looking for a place in the neighborhood.
1523 Frankford Ave. has sat vacant for several years, with the former pub nearly getting sold last year at sheriff’s sale due to tax delinquency. New owners have stepped forward, however, and last month Fishtown Neighbors Association voted to support a proposal to renovate the building to include a vacant ground-floor commercial space and two apartments.
Google Streetview from June 2011 shows that the property was for sale, though it wasn’t officially listed on Trend. Earlier this year, it went on the market for $350K, finally selling to Frank1st LLC for $260K. The reason the new owners require a variance, according to this thread on Fishtown.us, is because the existing building lacks a rear yard and the lots need to be consolidated. Hopefully, they’ll get the approvals they seek and not only will the building get a new lease on life,…
For many years, we’ve wondered about 1036-38 N. 4th St., a seemingly vacant warehouse that’s even bigger than it looks at first glance. On its front is a peeling sign advertising a real estate auction from several years ago that apparently never happened, covering a sign for Liberty Self Storage, a business we’re guessing has been off the map for a decade or more.
But that’s not even all of the building! It wraps around the adjacent property, and extends all the way to the corner of Leithgow & George. On George Street, there’s another garage entrance.
The ugly stucco building on the right is part of the property on 4th Street
The building went to sheriff’s sale last year but it seems it was stayed. The owners, 1036 N 4th Street…
We’ve written quite a bit about the fact that development in Northern Liberties is spreading to other neighborhoods as vacant land in No Libs becomes scarcer and more expensive. Fishtown, South Kensington, and Poplar are all seeing new development on blocks that developers wouldn’t have given any thought to just a few years ago. Just consider all the development in process and on the way next to I-95 as an example of efforts to keep the magic going at less perfect locations than, say, next to Liberty Lands Park.
Today, we have an example of infill construction on a South Kensington block that has remained more or less intact over the years, in contrast to some other blocks in the neighborhood. We stopped by Paesano’s for a delicious lunch last week, and noticed a newly framed house on Palethorp Street. Walking up the street to get a closer look,…
Last week, at two different RCO meetings, developers presented plans for two new homes on the 2000 block of Titan Street in Point Breeze. 2002 and 2004 Titan St. have been vacant lots for decades, but that situation should be changing very soon. At the South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. meeting last Monday, the developer told the assembled crowd that he purchased 2002 Titan St. at sheriff’s sale about a year ago and had just purchased 2004 Titan St. from PHDC.
Another angle, a new construction home next door
Architect Michael Sebright from Energy Reconsidered presented plans for the homes, which will have 2,000 sqft of interior space including the basements, along with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. One challenge for these properties is that…