Our memory is a little fuzzy on the subject, but when we got our first veggie chicken cheesesteak at Govinda's back in 2001, we're pretty sure they were located in the storefront at 1408 South St., next door to their current location on the corner of Broad & South. We can't quite remember exactly when they moved into the corner space, but we're confident that their former location has sat unused, at least for the public, in the years since. But according to Passyunk Post, that's going to change very soon.
For years, the 1000 block of S. 17th Street was objectively terrifying. Blighted, empty, collapsing buildings mixed with overgrown vacant lots created a mise en scene reminiscent of a horror movie. When the City thankfully condemned the homes on the block and tore them down, it was surely a relief to neighbors and reduced nightmares in the area by approximately eight percent. Over two years ago, when the eastern side of this block was a much more innocuous grassy field, developers first presented SOSNA with their plan for Carpenter Square.
In the past
A year ago, the first phase of the project broke ground, seeing the construction of eleven new town homes with some of the most unique architecture in the neighborhood. Not only do the homes look different, but they're also LEED certified and have two-car parking in the rear. When we first told you about the project, the 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom homes were expected to sell in the mid-to-high $500K range. Incredibly, they're now listed for just under $700K. Four homes have sold to date and interest has been strong in other homes in the development.
A few years ago, the intersection of 16th & Bainbridge was purely residential. But as South Street West has experienced unprecedented growth, it should come as no surprise that additional commercial development is leaking south, into the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. A few years back, the building on the northwest corner was renovated and Art Sanctuary opened a gallery space on the first floor. Now, it appears as though another retail operation is poised to open here, this time on the northeast corner.
A Zagat story earlier this week confirmed rumors we've been hearing for months. A new bakery is opening on the northeast corner of 16th & Bainbridge.