We keep waiting for the first domino to fall on the western side of Washington Avenue, and it now seems possible that 2501 Washington Ave. could be the first. The property is vacant today, but big things are coming. Probably.
We've covered this property a few times previously, first back in February after a preliminary community presentation. That plan included a six-story building at the corner with 79 apartments and 10K sqft of commercial space, along with a five-story 17-unit building on Grays Ferry Avenue and 17 townhomes in between. A month later, the plans had evolved after some conversations with SOSNA and near neighbors to a 60-unit building at the corner, four triplexes on Grays Ferry Avenue, and 11 homes and 4 duplexes in the middle. Since we attended the neighborhood meeting, we got a photo of the project rendering at the time, with credit to PZS Architects.
A reader tipped us off about three buildings currently under construction at 2337-41 W. Thompson St. on the Brewerytown/Sharswood border, and we had a funny feeling we'd been to this block once before. And it just so happens that we have been here! A couple years back, we covered some demolition at 2400 W. Thompson St., and since then a new quadplex has risen in the place of a long blighted building. A similar story is now playing out with those three properties on the 2300 block.
In the past
Looking at the Google Street View from a couple years ago, it appears that all three of these properties were vacant and blighted. Developers from FJM Investment Group have purchased the properties over the last couple years, and this year they tore down the old buildings even though two of them had some pretty lovely bones. Now they're in the process of constructing three triplexes.
Back in 2013, 200 N 16th St., a large office building also known as One Franklin Plaza, hit the market as a vacant property. The hulking modernist structure sits next to the equally hulking modernist Sheraton Hotel, both of which were built in 1980 as part of the early stages of the Franklintown development scheme which was never fully realized. The building served as the headquarters for GlaxoSmithKline until 2012 when the company moved down to a brand new building in the Navy Yard. With the knowledge that no single entity would likely be able to fill over 600,000 square feet, the former owners began marketing the structure as a likely candidate for redevelopment, recommending perhaps three different uses since there are three sets of elevators going to different sections of the building. Many possible candidates were interested, including Drexel University, Philadelphia Housing Authority, and some hotels. In the end, the building was sold to a familiar face around town, PMC Property Group, for $43M. Here's what the building looks like now:
Yesterday, we told you about a community meeting at which developers presented plans for the renovation of the Edward Corner building at 1100 N. Delaware Ave. and the construction of a new mixed-use building next door, and we told you that we'd provide renderings as soon as the CDR site updated its listings for the November meeting. Maybe half an hour later, the City updated the CDR site. Nice job, guys.
So now, without much more ado, check out Core Realty's plan for this block, in all its glory. Credit goes to Stanev Potts Architects for the design work.