Community supports the change near Delaware Ave.

A former Kraut House in Fishtown just off Delaware Avenue could soon be razed to make way for eighteen single-family homes, pointing to the continued residential resurgence in a formerly industrial area near Allen Street in Fishtown. This is an area where several projects have occurred, but this would be one of the bigger ones.

Corner of Allen & Shackamaxon

In the spring of 2013 we reported that the property, a one-story sky blue faded building at 950 Shackamaxon St. that stretches back for half a block onto Allen Street, was for sale. The asking price: $1.5M. The building was owned by the Kissling family that ran the Kraut House for many years. Earlier this week, developers presented plans to Fishtown Neighbors Association to demolish the building and replace it with townhomes with 1:1 parking. The project was supported, 26-6. With the community on board, now it's on to the ZBA. Assuming they endorse the project, look for work to get moving soon. Even if they don't, we'd imagine demolition will start soon.

It's a vestige of the neighborhood's maritime history

Two years back, we openly wondered about the blighted Edward Corner building, located at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Shackamaxon Street. At the time, we determined that Core Realty owned the property, but couldn't figure out when or if they'd be bringing the building back to life.

The building, a couple years back

We somehow didn't notice a Plan Philly story from 2010 which detailed a preliminary plan to renovate the building and open a diner on the first floor. With so much time passing though, it seems those plans were only preliminary. Though low-resolution, the rendering looked pretty nice, and we especially like that the ghost signs would have been preserved.

A low-res image of an old proposal, from Planphilly

This morning, while we scanned our Twitter feed, we came upon the news that Core Realty is now looking to demo the building.


Developers came back with a revised proposal

Before the New Year, we told you about plans to transform a vacant lot/garage combo at 1123-27 Earl St. into 14 single-family homes. That project was supported by the community and approved by the ZBA in February.

Across the street, the Fishtown Neighbors Association supported plans for 17 units and ten parking spots at 1133 E Columbia Ave., a vacant lot, next door to the Candy Factory building. Designed by Harman Deutsch, it was approved by the Zoning Board a couple of weeks ago. The parcel stretches all the way to Earl Street. This project originally came before FNA last fall, at the same time as the aforementioned 14-home project, but didn't get support. Shedding a few of the units and making a couple of design changes got the community behind the project. 

The rest is probably gone by now

Last summer, we told you that the former Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ at 1401 Marlborough St. was under agreement at a list price of $750K. At the time, we speculated that any buyer stepping in at that price point would likely be demolishing the handsome building, likely in favor of residential development. It was just a few months later that our suspicions were confirmed and plans came out from Greenpoint Developers, an offshoot of Tower Investments for six homes on the site. After negotiations with the community, the oddly shaped sixth home was axed and the project got approval from the ZBA. At that point, it was just a matter of time before the church came down.

Old picture of the church

Recently, when we told you about plans for tacos on Frankford Avenue, we mentioned that demolition had begun at the church. When we passed by last week, only one entranceway remained from a church that was originally built in 1841. It would come as no surprise to us if even this remnant has now passed into oblivion.

And they're gonna be delicious

Two years ago, we wondered what a little building the size of a ticket stand on a vacant Frankford Ave. corner was doing. Back then we thought 1431-35 Frankford Ave. would be a solid location for redevelopment. Such a vision has recently come to life as the Fishtown Neighbors Association recently supported plans for a take-out taco shack at this location. It will purportedly be run by the owners of Modo Mio, according to a thread on