Several years ago, a giant old warehouse building at 2152 E. Dauphin St. was converted into 24 apartment units. Last summer, building owner Troy Timpel hired D&D Philly Designs, the guys who did the work for the reconstruction of Jerry's Bar, to design an addition to the building. Timpel runs Original Eddie's Tattoo and Tattoo Kingpin, and runs one of his businesses out of the building. Where the addition has risen, there was once a one-story garage.
In the past
The new building has a new commercial space and five new apartments. We don't believe that there's a tenant in that commercial space as of yet, but maybe somebody who lives nearby has some insight?
We like the fact that the new building fits in nicely with the old structure next door. Sure, the new guy looks a little different from its sibling and its certainly not as ornate, but it makes a fitting neighbor. And nobody will argue, it's a great improvement over what was there before, ya know?
Last spring, we told you that the former auto supply store at Girard & Marlborough had been sold. This building had lovely bones, but its very active commercial use over the years resulted in a painted facade and plywood-covered window openings. Our assumption when the building was sold was that some kind of mixed-use repurposing would be in its future. And it turns out we were correct.
In the past
Current view of the corner, a little blurry
View on Girard
The paint has been power washed off the facade and new windows have been installed. Some remnants still remain of the old commercial use, but it seems very likely that those will soon disappear. According to permits that have been pulled, there will be two apartments upstairs with a commercial space on the first floor. What do people want to see here?
Before the snow ended all possibilities of getting around town, we were passing through Fishtown and noticed zoning notices at 428 E. Wildey St., which was formerly home to a plumbing business. Checking the L&I map for additional info, we discovered that a plan was put forth for this property last fall to build a twelve-unit building on this site with twelve interior parking spaces. Considering the 9,000 sqft footprint, the certainly would have been feasible. But the developers withdrew their case from the ZBA, for what reason we could not say.
No new development after all
Next to this large and underused parcel, some new homes have gone up in recent years. Stars Property Group LP built two homes on the corner of Wildey & Earl, and BMK Homes has another one under construction in the middle of the block on Earl Street.
In Fishtown, down on the 1300 block of E Berks St., we've got progress to report on two homes we first introduced back in July. At the time, developers’ proposal to build a triplex at 1337 E. Berks St., at the site of a faded green home with a slanted half-cathedral roof was turned down by the Fishtown Neighbors Association. Instead, they ultimately opted to build a single-family home.
Since then, the other home mentioned in the above linked post, 1339 E. Berks St., has been completed, and construction is well underway on the home next door. Unfortunately, the new home isn’t taking any architectural cues from the interesting building it’s replacing. Ah well.
Oh Frankford Avenue. Yes, it's something of a refrain here on Naked Philly. Our latest tale is more work from developer Roland Kassis, who has done more than his fair share of development on Frankford Ave. over the years. Kassis oversaw the Frankford Hall development just above Girard Ave., which was one of the early projects in this wave of Frankford Avenue revitalization. He's also poised to develop another Starr location, which recently hung its liquor app at 1526-30 Frankford Ave., which we covered last week.
It's the lot next to the future restaurant
But our subject today is Kassis' upcoming project next door to that planned restaurant, at 1532-36 Frankford Ave., currently a fenced-in vacant lot. There, a three-story story structure designed by MAKE with ground-floor commercial space and four apartments above will be constructed. We’re happy to see the mixed-use project on a street where some developers have opted for only residential.