In Francisville, long vacant lots are filling in at a disarming pace, and it seems like the development fisherman has hooked another big one. A reader checked in today, alerting us to the outcome of last night's Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation zoning meeting, where neighbors overwhelmingly supported a new development at 1617-33 Poplar St. that would replace a giant vacant lot near Ridge Avenue.
View of the site from above
As you can see, this parcel is quite large and quite vacant. The overhead view is clearly from a couple of years ago and doesn't show other development that's happened nearby since. Surrounded by other projects, the new development here will feel quite at home, though it will be among the larger projects to come down the pike for this area. So you may wonder, what was it that neighbors learned about last night and supported to the tune of 69-4?
With the completion of the first phase, it's now onto the second phase of this development. On 18th Street, two apartment buildings are now under construction. These ten units will be rental apartments and one of the buildings will include a retail space. Further east on Folsom Street, a single home, a triplex, and three more duplexes are on tap.
Just across Broad Street in Francisville, Poplar Street has been host to a flurry of rebuilding. Recently, we spied construction at 1429 Poplar St., a property we actually brought to your attention over two years ago when this project was just in its planning stages. Back then, a blighted building with great bones stood on this site. Sadly, that building has been demolished.
Now, at the corner of 16th & Ridge, we've learned of plans to build a three-story mixed-use building with a commercial space on the first floor and bay windows on the top two floors, each of which will host one apartment. Just to the south, the same developer has gotten plans approved for a pair of quadplexes.