New buildings and vacant lots on the 1600 block of Ogden
Vineyards project under construction
Now joining the fray are four more duplexes which we learned about today thanks to an eagle-eyed reader who spotted some new foundations recently on the 1500 block of Ogden Street. These duplexes will replace long-vacant lots and are designed by Harman Deutsch.
Dashing through Francisville yesterday, we came upon a new foundation at 908 N. 16th St., next door to four relatively new quadplexes. Those buildings, which we last updated you on about a year ago when they were still being framed out, are almost definitely rentals and likely home to young professionals or Temple students.(Editor's update: turns out they're condos after all. Cool.) The foundation we see now will contain a duplex, which we're guessing will contain condos (as well).
At 18th & Girard, across the street from the stately Church of the Gesu and Saint Joe's Prep, an old building that appears long shuttered and runs up next to a vacant triangular lot on Ridge Avenue has us thinking one thing: opportunity. For evidence, consider the range of development nearby.
For quite awhile, 1825 Vineyard St. has been an overgrown lot at the end of a Francisville block. Nearby, a staggering amount of development has taken place in recent years, centered around the intersection of 19th & Poplar. Dozens of new units have sprouted up, replacing vacant land, blighted buildings, and even a church, bringing new vibrancy to the area. The largest of these projects is a 35-unit development from MJL Properties that finished up last year.
This is one of the biggest projects in the neighborhood to date
So it should come as no surprise to hear about one-off projects taking off near all of this development. Such is the case at 1825 Vineyard St., where an overgrown vacant lot will soon be replaced by a new home.