Last week, we told you about a new hole we spotted near 17th & Diamond that will soon turn into new student rentals near Temple. Today we have some other projects to tell you about nearby, buildings which we would also wager will eventually contain Temple students. First, we look at the northeast corner of 18th & Monument, where a new quadplex has been framed out. Across the street on 18th are a bunch of buildings that have gone up in recent years.
Looking west on Monument
After turning onto 18th Street, you see these rentals
As you continue up 18th Street toward Berks, you spot two other projects. On the southwest corner of the intersection is a future triplex with some “commercial space” planned…
We probably make it up to the Temple area once every month or two, both to check in on the development going on in the area and to enjoy an inexpensive and delicious food truck lunch. Yesterday, after we polished off a tasty crepe, we were exploring near 17th & Diamond when we came upon a new and growing hole in the ground, next door to a building that’s under construction. A couple of years ago, this corner was pretty barren.
In the past
The other day
TRP Homes LLC bought the two lots on the corner earlier this year. According to the L&I Map, they’re building a three story mixed-use building which will have a first-floor office and eight apartments. We wonder whether this will be like some of the buildings…
Cecil B. Moore Avenue near Temple has seen a tremendous uptick in development in recent years. Student housing has exploded on this street, with new apartment buildings replacing vacant land, collapsed churches, and shuttered schools. With much of this new development residential in nature, it might surprise you to know that Cecil B. Moore is actually zoned to be a commercial corridor. That’s why some of the developments we’ve covered have had “vacant retail space” on the first floors of their apartment buildings which could never realistically house a successful business.
That could soon be the fate for 1630 and 1632 Cecil B. Moore Ave., mixed-use buildings that have been blighted for years. These properties were purchased back in August by Perivale LLC for $175K.
The middle buildings
These new owners have proposed demolishing the two…
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…
Near Temple University, two blocks of Master Street depict the place where blight meets redevelopment. The 1700 block is home to a huge tract of vacant land, several other one-off lots, and a few blighted buildings. Just a block farther west, the 1800 block has five duplexes under construction, a project we first told you about almost two years ago. These buildings are going up where a warehouse once stood, but the site has been an overgrown strip of land for several years.
In the past
Nearby, the area surrounding Temple has been on an unprecedented redevelopment tear over the past few years. Drive down Broad street and you’ll quickly espy Temple’s new $216M residential tower at Broad & Cecil B. Moore, or you can walk through campus and see some other new buildings. But…
Over the weekend, we were making our way back from West Philly when we noticed that the Cira Centre South has progressed mightily since we told you about its groundbreaking back in February. From grade at Chestnut Street, it’s now ten stories high. Obviously, it’s still got a long way to go ’til it’s topped off at 33 stories.
Looking down 30th Street
A couple of weeks ago, Cira Centre South held an “open house,” according to this Craigslist post. Prospective tenants were welcomed to take a virtual tour to explore the apartments and amenities offered at this new building. The Craigslist post also tells us that rents are a little higher than we expected, with a 700 sqft one-bedroom unit starting at $1,550/month.
No matter the price, we don’t think that this…