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One larger project and a couple of one-offs

Over the last few years, the blocks surrounding the intersection of 19th & Poplar have seen so much change. On the southwest corner, a church was demolished and replaced with six homes. On the southeast corner, duplexes replaced vacant lots. Just to the south, a major project resulted in over thirty new units with a combination of apartments and new homes. Oh, and a bunch of homes also went up on Ginnodo Street too.

Six homes that replaced a church on the southwest corner
Duplexes on the southeast corner
A gaggle of new units just south of the intersection

For neighbors who have lived through this sea change, we'd guess they wouldn't expect much more development in the area. After all, what's left?

But it seems that developers have found at least a few more projects to bring to the area. One of them, we actually first told you about a couple of years ago. For years, the stretch of 19th Street between Cambridge and George was a combination of vacant lots and a blighted building. Now the building is gone and there's four foundations. Look for at least a couple of triplexes.

A new Whole Foods is that much closer

Have you been to 21st & Hamilton lately? It's a major construction zone right now, thanks to the Rodin Square project. Remember, we first told you about this two summers ago. Last July, we told you about the fence surrounding the old Best Western Hotel, signifying the demolition was neigh. By the time September rolled around, most of the hotel was gone. Now the hotel is totally demolished and construction has been going on for a good amount of time. Now you can see a good section of the building that's already risen from the ground.

View from 21st & Spring Garden
From Hamilton Street

You can't see from this perspective, but there's much more building brewing to the west, but that effort is still underground aside from some framing near 22nd & Spring Garden.

So many other projects nearby

If you were to look at a map of Northern Liberties, and on this map include new development projects since 2013 alone, you would see projects at various levels on so many blocks. Such consistent development points to an ongoing trend in the neighborhood where you'd be hard-pressed to walk more than a block or two before coming upon a project that's under five years old.

That's the sort of framework we consider when we think about smaller projects, like plans at 410 Green St. for a one-off single-family home. On the surface, it's one simple project. But, there's more to it than that. Right now, the lot is corner parcel and serves as a small parking lot. It's where Green Street intersects with N. Lawrence street, where, yes, there's been new building the past few years. Silk City is around the corner too. Recently, the Northern Liberties Neighbors Neighbors Association supported plans for a home with a garage, designed by Harman Deutsch.

Buildings will be replaced by Dranoff's SLS building

Back at the end of 2013, we attended an event that served as the kickoff for a new project from Dranoff Properties at the corner of Broad & Spruce. In the five seasons that have passed since then, it's been pretty much status quo at this corner, the former home of Philadelphia International Records. A couple of months ago, we spied demolition notices on the property. And when we passed by yesterday, we discovered a demolition effort that's well underway.

Will join another project coming soon on the block

It's no secret that South Kensington is experiencing a building boom. And we've seen projects of all shapes and sizes in the neighborhood, with one-off projects, multi-home projects, and major mixed use projects all within blocks of each other. In the fall, we told you about plans for twenty new homes in the middle of the 1300 block of Mascher Street, and we confess we don't really have any updates on that project at this time. But if you take just a few steps to the north, to 1350 Mascher St., there's definitely something brewing.

In the past
Recent view
Looking down Mascher Street toward the other project that's in the pipeline

As you can see, an old warehouse has been totally demolished. In its place is now a vacant lot. But the signs on the site suggest that it won't remain vacant for long. No folks, Mascher Street is getting another twenty homes. Check out the rendering and site plan: