In the interest of hearing about projects happening all over the city, we subscribe to just about every community group's newsletter. A recent email from the Fairmount Civic Association revealed info about an upcoming project for 903-905 N. 30th St. even though the property is technically just outside of the Fairmount boundaries. If you visit the property, you'll spy some zoning notices on a chain link fence.
Zoning notices, viewed from the north
Behind that fence is a pair of vacant lots which appear to be pretty shallow and seem to terminate with a hill. But upon further review they're actually quite deep, each going back almost a hundred feet. V2 Properties bought the lots over the summer and are now planning to build a garage-front home on each one. With the lots running so deep, the developers are planning to set the homes back sixteen feet from the street, so they'll have driveways in front of the garages. The project came before the Brewerytown CDC and received "unenthusiastic support."
Today we decided to do some work at The Monkey & The Elephant Cafe in Brewerytown, and we did a quick run around the neighborhood before sitting down to pen our next screed. Twas a good thing we did, as we noticed some construction activity on the northeast corner of 31st & Master. We couldn't really think of what this parcel looked like in the past, but thanks to the magic of Google Maps we discovered that a beat up warehouse was standing here until very recently.
Not only is Rybrew a great place to grab a tasty sandwich and a beer, but it's also a great place to get work done if, like us, you're a blogger about town. Looking out the front of this business on the 2800 block of W. Girard Ave., we see a stretch of a commercial corridor that's continuing to evolve.
Several coffee shops have cycled through the retail space at 2831 W. Girard Ave., but the Monkey & the Elephant Cafe might be the place that finally sticks. We also noticed that some construction activity was taking place at the former Rita's next door, a business that closed in 2014 after a security gate tragically fell on and killed a 3-year-old. Permits indicate, unfortunately, that these construction efforts aren't a sign a new tenant, just upkeep on a building that's not in great condition.
Just the other day, we mentioned that MM Partners had purchased the former liquor store on the 2500 block of W. Girard Ave. and were planning a full renovation and hunting for some new commercial tenants. Somehow, snapping the photos for this story, we managed to ignore some additional construction taking place right across the street. For many years 2536 and 2538 W. Girard Ave. sat vacant, serving from time to time as somebody's parking spot. But today, both are seeing new triplexes rise with one of the buildings several months ahead of the other.
If you're looking for a large commercial space on an up-and-coming commercial corridor, 2511 W. Girard Ave. might be the place for you. This building, which sits across the street from Girard College at the corner of W. College Ave. and W. Girard Ave., was occupied for many years by a liquor store, which closed last year when the new one opened on 31st Street north of Girard Avenue. The building offered a nice convenience for the booze-seeking public, as it had a beer distributor right next door. Alas.