Passyunk Square

Or maybe just the landlord fixing up the place

1352-56 E. Passyunk Ave. seems like a winning location but it's been vacant for about a year and a half, if memory serves. A Rita's franchise occupied this space for roughly half a dozen years, and we vaguely remember when Nifty Fifty's had a nice run here. And we recall a number of years between diner and water ice, when there was nothing here at all. Now, it seems that the space might have a new tenant coming soon.

Construction signs in the window

A reader tipped us off today about Work in Progress signs in the window and as you can see in the photo above, that's very much the case. Trying to find a clue about what's happening here, we took a look at the L&I Map and only discovered an alteration permit for drywall repairs. So perhaps this means that a new business is coming in here. Or it could mean that the landlords are turning the space into a vanilla box in an effort to attract a tenant. Has anyone heard anything?

Corridor is getting another mixed-use development

We've been waiting for South Broad Street to take a big step forward for years, but to date, progress has been fairly incremental. Sure, there have been changes, like the reopening of the Broad Street Diner, the reawakening of long-shuttered Boot & Saddle, and the slow-moving construction of the armory apartments. We'd wager that any kind of sea change won't happen here until there are shovels in the ground at one of the corners of Broad & Washington. And while that could happen sometime soon on the northeast or northwest corners, uh, we've heard this song before. Repeatedly.

Well if a sign says so...

We love a good development opportunity. And whenever a sign asserts such a thing, we feel it's our obligation to check it out and pass it along, unless of course it's so good that we take it ourselves. So, uh, don't let that be a spoiler alert for what follows.

From the 12th & Washington intersection, you can just about make out a 'Development Opportunity' sign to the south. The sign sits on a vacant lot near the corner of 12th & Alter.

View from Washington Avenue
Closer look

The sign isn't very specific. We didn't know whether the opportunity involved a single vacant lot or the entire block. Turns out it's neither.

For those interested, a set of four properties are now available for sale. 1116 S. 12th St. is a vacant lot that's one off the corner of 12th & Alter. 1118 S. 12th St. is the garage next door, but it doesn't include the two additional garage doors you see on the left side of the image above. 1202 and 1204 Alter St. are also part of the package, and are zoned for commercial use despite being residential-sized lots. The total asking price is $835K. As opportunities go, it's got pluses and minuses.

A taxidermist's dream!

We don't usually rush to tell you about individual listings, and it hardly ever happens for properties that aren't listed by the company that owns this site. But when a colleague passed along the listing for 1010 Tasker St. the other day, we felt compelled to blast the listing far and wide.

1010 Tasker St.
Looking west on the block

From the outside, 1010 Tasker St. looks like a normal South Philly home on a normal South Philly block. A bonus, it's less than a block from Passyunk Avenue, which actually makes it even more desirable. According to the listing, the home has three bedrooms, one full bathroom, two half bathrooms, and about 1,500 sqft of living space.

The photos from the listing, showing the inside of the house, are just amazing.

Addition too, for former garage

When we visited the 600 block of Federal Street earlier this week to find out about what's happening at the former Federal Pretzel Baking Company building, we certainly didn't expect that we'd be coming back here so quickly. Alas, the story sparked the curiosity of one of our readers, who wondered about 630 Federal St., the building immediately next door. This stucco-covered building was at one point an auto garage, but we don't think it's been used for those purposes for quite some time.

The building

The property is huge, extending all the way to Manton Street, like the former pretzel place next door. But the dimensions would not make the property attractive for demolition and redevelopment, since it's really deep at 154' but rather skinny at 48' wide.