A reader gave us a heads up that the project now has a name and a website. That website has both details about the homes and pretty renderings of the homes. The project has been dubbed The Ross Luxury Townhomes. As you might expect, these new homes are gonna be mighty fancy.
According to the website, the homes will each have over 4,000 sqft of living space, two-car parking (in garages, yay!), huge bedrooms, smart home technology, and wine cellars. Most interesting are the roof decks, which will each have kitchens and hot tubs. Certainly not amenities that Ms. Ross enjoyed in her day.
We confess, we'd never set foot on the 100 block of Church Street before a couple of weeks ago. We were familiar with the 200 block of Church, where Old City Coffee has been doing their thing forever and we used to burn the midnight oil at Sugar Mom's. Oh, and there's a pretty famous church there too. But the 100 block? We confess, we didn't know it existed. But if we may provide an excuse, it's not as if the block had been crying out for attention. It's home to some nice looking historic buildings but little retail to speak of, and until recently there was a big surface parking lot there as well. But today we bring the always welcome news of a surface parking lot that's no more.
Currently, framing is underway at 113-125 Church St., the aforementioned former surface parking lot. The skinniness of the block makes photography a little challenging, but here are a couple of images of what's going on.
You don't necessarily think of Old City as a place where lots of new construction happens. With a name like Old City, new stuff is pretty much the opposite of what you'd expect. But lately, we've seen a noticeable uptick in new construction, in locations both prominent and hidden. Remember, just last week we told you about plans for 250 units in a big building next to the Ben Franklin Bridge. And today, we have news of a much smaller, harder to find project that's now under construction.
In the past
Have you ever tried to drive onto I-95 via Race Street, but somehow ended up still on Front Street? The corner of Front & Quarry is the first intersection you hit when this happens. And it's where a formerly beat-up vacant lot is currently under construction. When we passed by last week, it looked like an elevator tower was being built. Soon, a new five story building will rise here, designed by Harman Deutsch.
On Delaware Ave. (or Columbus Blvd., whatever), just past the Ben Franklin Bridge, you've probably noticed the collection of large vacant lots that have seen numerous proposals over the years but little progress. But now, it seems, the lot closest to the bridge is finally on its way.