Earlier today, we got a tweet from Precision Realty Group which pointed us to the renderings you see below. Precision are the folks doing the leasing for 1900 Arch St., a project we last visited over the summer. At that time, steel was beginning to rise from the site, and in the intervening months several more stories have gone up. Once it's finished, the building will rise fourteen stories and will include 234 luxury apartments, tons of retail square-footage, and a large outdoor seating area on 19th Street.
Several projects in the Logan Square neighborhood have progressed some since we've last visited, so we figured it was time for some updates. Here we go!
Back in June, the Patriot Parking building at 206-12 N. 22nd St.was being demolished. The old structure is long gone, and construction has been going on here for the past couple of months. When developer Michael Carosella of C&R is finished here, five new high-end homes will be found on this spot. Obviously, there's stll plenty of work to be done here. But progress is progress.
Earlier this year, a tragic building collapse at 22nd & Market made national news. That corner, which was once home to a Salvation Army store, a former sandwich shop, and an adult bookstore, is now a dirt lot. Thousands of people have signed a petition to turn part of this parcel into a Memorial Park for those who lost their lives in the building collapse, but it's unclear what the future will bring for this large parcel which is owned in part by the Salvation Army and and in part by "king of Times Square porn" Richard Basciano. What's also unclear is what will come of the rest of this block, which is almost completely vacant at this point.
Looking down the block from 21st St.
Currently, only two buildings are in use on this block, from what we can tell. A parking lot close to 22nd Street remains in operation, as does the Engine 43, Ladder 9 fire house. It should be noted that in years past and for projects that now will surely never occur, Basciano attempted to purchase the fire house from the City. Somewhat ironic that a place that he previously hoped to take out of operation continues to serve the public while all of his buildings are now gone.
Sometimes you don't really appreciate a public space until it's gone. Like, for example, the Oval. This summer Parks and Rec. took the parking lot in front of the Art Museum fountain and animated it with chairs and games and hosted public programming six days a week from mid-July through mid-September.
Over the summer
When we passed by the artist formerly known as the Oval last week, the space looked as bleak as a parking lot in autumn, which is exactly what it is. After their Farewell Festivities a few weeks back, the lot was repainted, transitioning away from a public space and back into a parking lot. Still, the creation of the Oval was an interesting and worthwhile exercise for a couple of months- and to keep the interesting going, Parks and Rec. is hosting drive-in movies every Friday night at The Oval through November. Did you know the first drive-in theater was located in Pennsauken, just over the bridge in Jersey?