Last month, we attended a packed ZBA hearing for a proposed project at 2300 South Street. In case you don’t recall the details of the project, it involves the demolition of the buildings currently on the site and the construction of a new four-story building with eighteen apartments and a large first-floor commercial space. We went through the project in detail over the summer after the developer presented to SOSNA, and you can click here if you’d like the full lowdown.
Proposed building from Plumbob
In August, we told you that many folks who live nearby, particularly those living immediately to the north, spoke out against the project due to its height and the lack of parking provided. Maybe two dozen people showed up to the zoning hearing in opposition, but didn’t have…
Recent changes and a rise in residential development in Passyunk Square have inspired one owner, also a realtor, to plan to convert a ground-floor studio at 12th & Ellsworth into a bakery and coffee shop. With the nearest café four blocks away and on the other side of Washington, this could fill a need for area residents new and old.
When Paul Chin first purchased 1149 S. 12th St. around 1999, he appeared before the ZBA and received a variance to turn the former butcher shop and florist into a studio apartment. Now he wants to change the first-floor space back into its original use.
Cafe coming here soon
“It seems like there is a need,” said Chin, about why he is seeking a variance now for takeout in order to be able to sell coffee and baked goods out…
If you’re ever at the corner of 30th & Cecil B. Moore, you’ll quickly find yourself starting at an impressive and unusual building that’s got an interesting history and some legitimate architectural significance. The Eastern building, as it’s commonly referred to today, was built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Realty Company, and designed by Harris & Richards (not to be confused with Richard Harris, may he rest in peace). The building was constructed as a parking garage for the American Railway Express Company, which was sort of like an early 20th century version of FedEx. AREC only used the building for about a decade though, and after a decade of vacancy Esso Standard Oil took it over until around 1950. After that, it was a factory for the Eastern Electric Company, the folks who hung the sign that (mostly) remains on the…
About a year and a half ago, we passed along the exciting news that 801-805 N. 2nd St., the self-proclaimed “Best Corner Left in Northern Liberties,” was finally going to be developed. Plans were approved by the ZBA for a six-story building with ten apartments, ground-floor commercial, and almost 1:1 parking. Landmark Architectural Design provided a rendering that looked both good to us, and appropriate for the neighborhood.
Previously proposed building
Somewhere along the line, though, these plans fell through. A couple of months ago, the developer who proposed the project above sold the parcel to a new party, East Firth Street LP, for $740K. Earlier this month, an attorney for the new ownership group presented NLNA with revised plans for this location- a two story building with a…
Yesterday, we told you about plans for a new mixed-use development at 1118-26 Chestnut St., but much of what we told you involved speculation based on the zoning refusal. After we wrote the story, we were able to get in touch with a representative from Brickstone, who was kind enough to confirm some of what we guessed and fill in the gaps where we weren’t exactly sure of what was going on.
The development site
While 1118 Chestnut St. is the only property listed on the zoning refusal, the project will indeed encompass all three of the buildings pictured above, as we surmised. The two easternmost buildings (on the left in the photo) will be demolished. Though the middle building is currently unified by a four-story facade, it’s actually an amalgamation of four or five buildings, most…
When we last checked in on the 1900 block of League Street about half a year ago, five new homes with garages were under construction. In the months that have passed since then, the five homes have been completed, and two have already sold. The rest are on the market for just under $500K.
1903-11 League St.
On the same block, which was a wasteland of vacant lots just a couple of years ago, some more homes have gone up in the last couple of months. Last December, the ZBA approved plans for ten additional homes to rise on this block, with almost identical footprints to the homes pictured above. Thus far,