A month ago, we shared the news that the large lot next to Jamaican Jerk Hut which for years has been home to an outdoor seating and performance space would soon disappear, and in its place would rise a large mixed-use building. At that time, we lamented the fact that one of the better outdoor dining experiences in town would soon be no more, while at the same time cheering the fact that this large vacant lot would be developed. We also suggested that the developer would be helping the Jerk Hut negotiate with Kenny Gamble, who owns the large vacant lot on the other side of the building, to move their outdoor operation to his lot, which currently has no development plan we know of.
Yesterday, we heard a rumor that those negotiations are going well and that it’s looking likely that the Jerk…
Last night, close to a hundred people attended a meeting at the Bainbridge Club where representatives from Universal Companies presented their plans for the long vacant, slowly deteriorating Royal Theater. We’ve been ringing the bell for a revitalized South Street West for years, and the historic Royal stands not only as a reminder of the corridor’s history as an entertainment district, but also as a throwback to the blighted nature of South Street from just a few decades ago.
At the meeting, representatives from Universal spent a good twenty minutes describing the history of their company and detailing all the good stuff they’ve done over the years. Universal is currently working in twelve neighborhoods in the region. They’ve developed 1,500 residential units in Philadelphia and other cities. They run ten charter schools. They’ve partnered with countless developers,…
For years, the vacant corner building at 1900 Christian St. stood as a sentry for two undeveloped lots next door. One of the lots, 1902 Christian St., had been owned by the City since 1984, which explained why it sat empty for so many years. 1904 Christian St., on the other hand, was privately owned, ostensibly by extreeeeemely patient developers. The property was purchased in 1987 for $6,500.
Two summers back
In 2011, Metroimpact was able to purchase one of those lots from the City, and constructed a three-unit condo building. The units were sold out by the summer of 2012. And by the time that building was finished, a Doors & Windows violation had inspired the owners of the corner property to pretty it up just a smidge.
Minor improvement at the corner, plus
It was over two years ago that we first noticed the demolition of five buildings on the 800 block of S. 15th St., and speculated that Universal chief and music legend Kenny Gamble was building himself a mansion on the site. Months later, our suspicions proved accurate as Gamble’s representatives presented a concrete plan for a building on this site to SOSNA. And since then, it’s been all quiet on the Kenny-Gamble-mansion front.
Until last week.
Hole in the ground
Earth being moved
A reader gave us the heads up that this long-fenced-in lot has finally seen some action in the last week or so. Hopefully, this means that a building will soon rise here, which will certainly be among the most unusual in the neighborhood. We’ll be sure to maintain a Kenny Gamble mansion-watch in the months to come, and will provide updates as interesting stuff happens here.
About a year ago, Ultimo Coffee opened on the northeast corner of 22nd & Catharine in a shiny new building. For years prior, a blighted husk stood on this spot, slowly disintegrating. So clearly, we’ve seen an upgrade on this corner. Similarly, on the southwest corner, a pocket park languished for many years, accessible to few and attractive to none. Thanks to the efforts of SOSNA, this corner has turned into an active pocket park, extremely popular with neighborhood’s ever-growing toddler population. Again, things moving in the right direction. And earlier this year, we heard that the vacant and gross southeast corner could soon be rehabbed. Hasn’t happened yet, but we’re optimistic.
Ultimo in new building
Could change soon
To sum up,…
A couple of months ago, we told you about plans for a new mixed-use development on the northeast corner of 23rd & Christian. The developers in this case are the principals of the Senior Resource Group, a company that helps seniors choose insurance carriers. This company has been renting office space at this location for the past few years, and is now looking to build a new building to house their headquarters.
When the developers presented to SOSNA two months ago, they proposed a five-story building with commercial space on the first floor, office space for their company on the second floor, four apartments on the third floor, and three bilevel apartments spanning the fourth and fifth floors. At that meeting, many neighbors stood up to voice their opposition…