A few weeks back, after yet another snow storm, the third floor of 848 Wharton St. collapsed under the weight of all that white stuff. We passed by the other day and the property has been totally cleared. It's now a vacant lot.
In the past
Now a slightly blurry lot
For years, this property has sat vacant, catty corner from the extremely popular and visible Pat's Steaks. You may recall, a couple of years ago, we openly wondered about the vacant lot on the northeast corner of this intersection, wondering why it hasn't been developed. Interestingly, the large vacant lot is owned by Anna and Maria Olivieri, according to public record. The recently collapsed building is owned by Maria Olivieri, which may or may not be the same person who owns the large lot across the street.
It was about a year and a half ago that we first told you of plans to convert the Annunciation BVM school at 12th & Wharton into apartments. As the time has passed, the project wound its way through the neighborhood association process, the zoning process, and now much of the construction effort. Obviously, there's been a ton of work done inside the building, but the most noticeable exterior change has been the replacement of most of its windows. Check it out:
View on the corner
12th St. facade
On Wharton Street
As you can see on the sign on the building, apartments are now available here for lease. Their Craigslist ad suggests that units will be available by April or May, and anyone who signs a 14 or 15-month lease for one of the building's forty-five units will receive a free month of rent. Not bad. The ad also goes through the building's amenities which are pretty standard, and mentions the fact that many of the units will feature original building details. Very cool that the developers were not only able to reuse the building but also preserved many interior details.
Over in Passyunk Square, we're seeing a number of one-off developments taking place on little alley-sized streets that run between the wider thoroughfares, and 1536 Camac St., tucked between 12th and 13th, and Tasker and Dickinson, is our latest example.
Last purchased in May 2013 for $100K by Forte Development Group, the property is a vacant one-story garage set among a largely residential two-story home block. So it makes sense that a developer is looking to build residential here. At its January zoning meeting, the Passyunk Square Civic Association voted not to oppose the developers’ proposal for a two-story addition here, with plans for two apartments with parking in the renovated building. Note this design will stray from the consistent two-story theme that dominates this block.
We were in the neighborhood the other day and came upon the surprising sight of two homes on the same block that both apparently suffered significant fire damage somewhat recently. 1225 S. 7th St. and 1245 S. 7th St. sit on a nice Passyunk Square block, around the corner from Gold Star Park and just two blocks away from the cheesesteak mecca at 9th & Passyunk.
1225 S. 7th St.
We're not exactly sure when the property above burned, but we're confident it was it least a few months ago. You can see, it's been cited with a Doors & Windows violation, which means that the property owner will have to replace the windows in the near future or risk significant fines. We would imagine that the holdup on that front is related to an insurance claim, but we're only speculating.
A couple of years ago, we pointed out a rehab at 1544 S. 13th St., across the way from the delicious Francoluigi's Pizza. Passing by the other day, we saw that the home has been finished (probably was done long ago, actually). As rehabs go, or new construction for that matter, it's one of the more interesting looking residences we've seen.
From across the street
It really is something different, wouldn't you agree?