If you pass by this location today, you'll see that indeed no homes have been built and the property is now a vacant lot. According to a Fishtown.us thread, the demolition took place in the last month or so.
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.
Just because it's been a few weeks since we've been able to get ourselves to East Kensington doesn't mean there isn't a bunch of development news to report in the neighborhood. Take, for instance, a large vacant lot at 2565-77 Amber St., which sits near the intersection of Frankford Avenue and East Huntingdon Street. This parcel has been sitting vacant for many years, with the surrounding chain link fence slowly getting overrun by some aggressive flora.
View of the property
Developers bought this property back in 2013 and are now looking to build seven triplexes. They went to the ZBA earlier this week, but the case got continued. Has anyone been to the community meetings on this project that can provide some insight into how it was received? Perhaps the neighborhood was looking for a single building here instead of a number of smaller buildings? Or maybe, because the property sits so close to Frankford Avenue, the community wanted retail on the first floor. After all, there's a Steak N Shake across the street and just beyond that building we've seen some new mixed-use buildings rise on Frankford Ave. in the last couple years.
An undetermined number of years ago, some city planners and/or school district employees determined that the best school yards are those that are covered in asphalt. Not knowing their identities and understanding that they're probably long dead, we can't even send them a thank you card for the many lousy school yards we "enjoy" today. Across the city, many communities are no longer willing to accept big parking lots that double as school yards and are working on all sorts of improvement efforts. At the Arthur School in Graduate Hospital, a major construction project took place over the summer and should wrap up in the coming weeks. In West Philly, we've been covering the greening efforts at Lea Elementary for years. In Bella Vista, the Nebinger School has taken a phased approach to improving its school yard.
At the Adaire School at 1300 E. Palmer St., parent group Friends of Adaire have worked for the last several years to push forward a school yard revitalization project, and it's certainly a large space that could use some love.