Brewerytown

Heavy equipment probably a sign

A few weeks back, we told you that a fence had appeared around a long-vacant former bar at Taney & Poplar. We hoped that this meant that the building would soon come down and be replaced by redevelopment. But considering the track record of the property's owners, we recognized that this could possibly take quite some time.

Fence went up recently

Passing by the other day, we spotted some heavy equipment on the lot next to the building, and a bunch of guys milling around next to it. Hopefully, this means that work will soon begin here, and the neighborhood can start the journey down the path to something new and productive at this site.

Guys milling around, and some construction equipment

Or else it will just be a larger vacant lot for the next decade, too. That is indeed a possibility as well.

Renovations and new construction repairing a long-blighted block

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:

Something, yes.

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.

And we like 'em

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.

Current situation

Last night, City Council President Darrell Clarke hosted a public meeting that covered plans to transform the very large vacant parcel that stretches wide along the southeast corner at 27th & Girard. When we first wrote about the potential of development here last year plans were for a four-story building with ground-floor retail and residential units above to be developed by MM Partners in collaboration with American Development Company. The site has been vacant for over a decade, and once housed a market.

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.

Possibly?

Ten years ago, redevelopment north of Girard Avenue in Brewerytown seemed like it might never arrive. Nevertheless, from 1999-2007 the median residential sales price of homes in the neighborhood rose nearly four times from just over $10K to over $40K, according to U.S. Census Data compiled by the Philadelphia Neighborhood Information System, as reported by Philadelphia Neighborhoods.

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.

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