We've visited the 3000 block of Stiles Street several times in the last few years and the number of vacant blighted properties was always striking to us, especially considering the block's close proximity to the reinvigorated Girard Avenue corridor. Last summer, we told you about renovations to a couple of homes on this block, after previously mentioning work by Steph-Sin to rehab the easternmost home on the block's north side. Today, we have some more specifics on the renovation efforts here, from exactly who you would expect would be doing this kind of work in Brewerytown.
In the past
Stiles Row, from MM Partners, is rescuing four properties on this block through renovation and new construction. Check it out:
A year and a half ago, we wondered about a blighted and vacant double-wide building at 2619-21 Poplar St. which, based on some leftover signage, was apparently once home to a drinking establishment called the Old English Tavern. About a week ago, neighbors first noticed a fence up around the property, prompting half a dozen emails to us, wondering what's going on here. We zipped by and noted that the excellent sign that previously marked the property has disappeared.
The wheels are getting a little oil over in Brewerytown. In recent months, West Girard Avenue has experienced a surge of renewal that has contributed to recent retail openings and improvements along the corridor. Next on tap is a major mixed-use project at 27th & Girard.
Members of the Fairmount Civic Association were expecting grumblings from neighbors about the parking issue, according to a zoning group member. In Fairmount and dense parts of Brewerytown parking is one of the main frustrations for homeowners, renters, and visitors alike.
Jump up to 2012 at 27th & Girard, and you have the scenario where the historic St. Augustine's Church first constructed in 1888, sold to developer Jordan Brody. Brody is now converting the church into apartments. Part of the church extends up N. 27th Street where it meets a vacant lot and is followed by a string of vacant homes.
Three years ago we saw the lesser-known side of Fairmount Avenue, east of the Penitentiary, experience vast redevelopment that spilled over into Francisville. This wave of development has yet to crest, and its most notable addition is the large Project H.O.M.E. 55-unit mixed-use project on the formerly vacant lot near Broad Street, mere steps from the Divine Lorraine, which itself has been the site of many developers’ dreams.
Near High Point, we recently spotted workers hauling in lumber to the ground-floor retail location of a three-story building at 2819 Girard Ave. next to Butter's Soul Food. MM Partners, a developer that’s played an integral role in recent improvements along Girard and its neighboring blocks, bought the building back in 2008. Does anybody know what's coming here?