We last checked in on the 12th & Washington intersection in March, when it looked like this:
The view back in March
At the time, we told you that developers had purchased the property at the southwest corner and were moving forward with a plan to demolish the building on the site and build a five-story mixed-use building with 48 apartment units and 15 parking spots. We noted that the project would be built entirely by-right, and the community would therefore not have a seat at the table in discussing this plan. We're generally in favor of neighbors and community groups being involved in major projects, but given the zoning appeals faced by numerous Washington Avenue projects on the other side of Broad Street, we're just happy to see something get built on this potential-laden street. It's worth noting, for the record, that all of those appeals are from individuals and not community groups. Five months ago, keeping the by-right thing in mind, we said that "this thing will likely get built and fairly quickly, and the projects on the other side of Broad Street could continue to languish for the foreseeable future." Man do we ever love being right, at least about the first part.
About a week ago, a reader sent us an image a huge crane blocking traffic at 12th & Washington. It was at that time that we realized that this project would be built using modular construction. For those unfamiliar, this means that the bulk of the building is constructed in "modules" in a factory and then delivered and assembled at the site. Hence the crane.
Back when we lived in the Passyunk Square neighborhood, we commonly patronized Liberty Lumber, a building supply company at the corner of 7th & Alter. We purchased a bunch of stuff over the years, including lumber, trim, paint, and tools. The prices were a bit higher than Lowes or Home Depot, but we were willing to pay the premium for the convenience of not having to go down to Delaware Avenue.
Liberty Lumber in the past
We passed by the other day and noticed that Liberty Lumber has closed, and we're guessing it's been a little while. We don't see any permits on the property, but it seems like there's at least one apartment space now in the building. A pair of mailboxes and a rental sign at the corner would seem to give us that indication.
We don't usually single out individual homes listed for sale, but this one offered something that you truly don't see every day. And by that we mean taxidermy. Lots of it.
An old view of the living room. Just amazing.
Bedroom image from the old listing
Was the home priced a little bit on the high side? Yes. Is it likely that every potential buyer saw the collection of deer heads and couldn't focus on anything else in the house? Sure. Did the stuffed ram at the bottom of the stairs take the whole thing over the top? Absolutely.
It should come as no surprise that the realtors suggested a little redecorating. The current listing has some newer images that show that the taxidermy has been removed from the home.
We've gotten the occasional question about 1108 Federal St. over the last several months, resisting the urge until now to cover the project because it's not too exciting. In short, this property is a double-wide two-story home which was listed for sale for about a year and a half before someone bought it at the end of last summer. The buyer made the purchase with an intention to subdivide the property into two homes, and permits indicate that the newly separated units will each get a third-floor addition. PSCA didn't oppose the project and the ZBA gave their approval in November. So look for this thing to happen sometime soon.
Current view of the property
As we said, the project isn't so exciting. So why do we bring it to your attention at last? We're covering the project in part because we feel like we should answer the handful of people who have reached out about it. But it also gives us an opportunity to point out the Federal Street Burial Ground, located immediately next door.