We like to think we're pretty good at sleuthing out details for most projects around town, but every now and then we find ourselves flummoxed. The other day for example, we came upon some construction on Shurs Lane in Manayunk, right after the tracks if you're coming from Main Street. 133 Shurs Ln. was until somewhat recently home to the Kowalski Post, a veterans organization, but they sold their property to developers due to money problems, according to Newsworks. With a sales price of $1.1M, those money problems should now hopefully be a thing of the past.
Former Kowalski Post
What caught our attention is the extensive work happening just to the south, where the Kowalski Post previously had a parking lot.
Yesterday, we were on our way back to town from King of Prussia and cut through Manayunk due to traffic on I76. With Main Street closed thanks to the Streat Food Festival, we got detoured through the neighborhood and fortuitously stumbled upon a project where Sharp Street hits Dawson Street, right near Ridge Avenue. Just a few years ago, the 3700 block of Sharp Street was rather underdeveloped, with trees on one side and cars parked along a vacant strip of land on the other.
In the past
An old view of the block
Oh how the block has changed thanks to one developer. A couple of years ago, Rock Construction Development bought an old building that had been used for parking, and built five homes in its place. Now, they're in the process of building some additional homes next door, filling in the entire side of the block.
Back in November, we told you about a project at the corner of Ridge & Lauriston, where new modular homes were going up. At the time, we were a little unclear about the number of homes in the project, as the permits called for four homes but we thought we saw five homes at the site. Upon our return it was clear that the permits were accurate. The home closest to Ridge is extra wide to compensate for the fact that it isn't as deep as its brothers.
According to a reader, this project has been a big success. Two of the homes are already occupied, and the other two are under agreement. And they're certainly an upgrade over what was here before, a vacant building with a cracked foundation.
We were driving through Roxborough last week, and spotted some new construction from maybe a quarter of a mile away. This is what happens when developers build on the top of a hill. When we were finally in front of 4004 Pechin St., we discovered two new homes that were recently framed out. Previously, a vacant home sat here on an oversized lot.
In the past
That home possessed a similar architectural character to the home next door, which was made more interesting by the fact that all the other homes on this side of the block are only two stories tall. Still, it should come as no surprise that the developers, who acquired the parcel back in 2012, are opting for three story homes to replace the one they tore down. Check 'em out.
Last March, we told you about plans for a new Wendy's at 5901 Ridge Ave., which was previously home to the historic Bunting House. Built around 1880 and originally occupied by philanthropist doctor Ross Richardson Bunting, the building was demolished in 2012, along with several adjacent properties. When neighbors learned about the possibility of a Wendy's arriving here, they responded with loud opposition, particularly to the project's drive-through element. The proposal led to the creation of a Roxborough Residents Against Wendy's Facebook group, which has over 650 likes.