The 800 block of N. American Street is a disaster that’s loaded with potential. While the southern end of the block boasts some pretty nice houses, as you get closer to Poplar Street, things get gross fast. The prominent disaster on the block is the rotting ruin of Ortlieb’s Brewing Company, on the west side of the street. Word came out months ago that Tower Investments would be tearing down the old building, but this has not happened as of yet. Next to the blighted structure is a large vacant lot where we observed digging for new homes a year and a half ago, but no homes have risen as of yet.
West side of block in 2011
Across the street from this is the Henry F. Ortlieb Company Bottling House, built in 1948, which has had numerous uses…
Over a year ago, we first told you about plans from Tower Investments to build as many as seventy new homes on a block bordered by Master St. to the north, Thompson St. to the south, Howard St. to the east, and Mascher St. to the west. For months and maybe longer, heavy equipment has been seemingly moving dirt and debris around on a large chunk of land on the western side of the 1300 block of N. Howard Street, like a child playing with his food.
But some progress appears to be taking place. A little over a week ago, we spotted some dumpsters, ostensibly there for the purpose of hauling away some of the wreckage on the lot.
A week and a half later
We haven’t been back in over a…
This week, we’ve already told you about two projects coming to the South Kensington area, and today we have news about one more. The 1300 block of North Howard Street is currently a bit of a disaster. Heavy machinery has been doing demolition and clean-up work on the west side of the block for months, and numerous homes on the east side of the block sit apparently vacant and very run down. But the east side should be seeing some big changes very soon.
Large ugly garage
Rough looking homes to the north
According to zoning applications affixed to several of these buildings, North Howard Street LP will be demolishing the properties running from 1323 to 1335 N Howard St. in the coming months. In their place will rise twenty-one new homes, classified for zoning purposes as…
As you’re already well aware if you read this blog with any sort of regularity, North Broad Street has been experiencing a renaissance in the last few years. This return to prominence has generally not come as a result of the efforts of smaller developers, like in Point Breeze or Francisville, but is instead largely due to the efforts of a couple of major players in Philadelphia real estate. For example, Bart Blatstein.
A year and a half ago, we first told you about plans from Tower Investments to redevelop the former state building at Broad & Spring Garden. And last month, the $70M conversion opened its doors as Tower Place.
Phase 1 of the project included the transformation of the 300K sqft office building into 204 apartments with a fitness facility and and 18th-floor lounge that once…
Nine single-family homes are slated to replace a warehouse that still has to be demolished at 6th and Fairmount Ave. Final designs will need to be tweaked and reviewed by members of the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association (NLNA) who supported the project during a return visit from 626 North Fifth Partners, a company associated with Tower Investments that purchased the building in July for $3M.
Corner of 6th Street
Though they supported the project, NLNA members asked developers to return with more detailed plans items like exterior facades and elevation, an issue the NLNA pays close attention to, and parking.
“After going around the block of couple of times on that one so to speak I guess we were really happy they took the garages off the front of the houses,” said Larry Freedman, NLNA zoning chair, referring to earlier proposed…
By now you’ve surely seen the pretty pictures and read numerous stories that detail at length a story we first told you about in April. Bart Blatstein of Tower Investments has come forward with a bold proposal to build Philadelphia’s second casino at Broad & Callowhill, as part of a giant entertainment complex that will include the former Inquirer Building. Last night, at Tendenza, at one of the swankiest press conferences in recent memory, Blatstein described his plan to media members, local pols, and others.
In a nutshell, Blatstein envisions a 120,000 sqft casino on the 1500 block of Callowhill, a 125-room hotel in the Inquirer building, two blocks of shopping on the roof of the casino with a French flavor, as well as a garden, a swim club, a theater, a spa, and plenty of food and drink…