We last checked in on the Stable Flats project in Northern Liberties over a year ago when the first three units were modularly constructed, and a row of foundations waited next door for additional homes. As the time has passed, those foundations have continued to wait. Meanwhile, immediately to the north, two complete rows of new homes have been framed out, using stick construction.
First three homes
Next two rows of homes
Setting aside the curiousity of switching from modular to stick, why did they skip the rest of the foundations in the first row? Still, it's impressive to see so many homes go up all at once. We'll be sure to check back in here before another year passes, and we'll see if the first row fills up in the meantime.
Considering how quickly the first row of homes went up, it comes as little surprise that the second phase is already progressing. Should just be a few more months now until this whole thing is buttoned up.
We still wish they had found some way to reuse the old warehouse, but unfortunately nobody asked us before they tore it down...
In October, we told you that groundbreaking for Renewbold would finally be taking place at 16th & Moore. For decades, this was the site of the Drexel School. After the school was demolished, the parcel sat vacant for several years, as planning for Renewbold progressed. Now, nine new homes have sprung from the ground.
We've continued to write about different retail that’s filled up vacant spots along the already well-developed North 2nd Street commercial corridor in Northern Liberties, and now a frozen yogurt shop is the latest proposal to reach the area.
Now it's a new mixed-use development with residential units above. It's the sort of development the NLNA is looking for. It keeps eyes on the street and encourages pedestrian traffic. It also ties into the new age designs and architecture that have veered away from traditional brick row home exteriors that has accompanied the wave of redevelopment in Northern Liberties.
A few weeks back, after yet another snow storm, the third floor of 848 Wharton St. collapsed under the weight of all that white stuff. We passed by the other day and the property has been totally cleared. It's now a vacant lot.
In the past
Now a slightly blurry lot
For years, this property has sat vacant, catty corner from the extremely popular and visible Pat's Steaks. You may recall, a couple of years ago, we openly wondered about the vacant lot on the northeast corner of this intersection, wondering why it hasn't been developed. Interestingly, the large vacant lot is owned by Anna and Maria Olivieri, according to public record. The recently collapsed building is owned by Maria Olivieri, which may or may not be the same person who owns the large lot across the street.