Considering how quickly the first row of homes went up, it comes as little surprise that the second phase is already progressing. Should just be a few more months now until this whole thing is buttoned up.
We still wish they had found some way to reuse the old warehouse, but unfortunately nobody asked us before they tore it down...
According to Hidden City, the Greenwich Street Church was originally built in 1866. For over a hundred years, it served a Presbyterian Congregation, and in 1987 it was converted into the Khmer Palelai Buddhist Temple. The monks moved to Southwest Philly, and now their former home is no more.
In the past. Image from Trend.
Just some bricks remain
Seeing the huge vacant lot, we suspected that this site would soon be the next huge residential development to crop up in this neighborhood. With over 11K sqft of space and over 60 feet of frontage on both Tasker and Greenwich Streets, you could easily build ten homes here with parking. Instead, it seems like the plans here are much more modest. Hidden City says that the owners of the property, who are members of the family that own Pat's Steaks, intend to only build two houses here.
A few years ago, we found ourselves in Pennsport with a flat tire. Thankfully, the good people at Phil's Battery Service, at 238 Tasker St., were kind enough to patch us up. They didn't even charge for their trouble. We passed by their location yesterday and two different signs indicated that 1) they've moved to a new location at 19th & Moyamensing, and 2) their large property is for sale.
Phil's Battery has moved
Looking west, we see sale signs
Always on the lookout for a good development opportunity, we quickly investigated. But we learned that somebody else already beat us to the punch, as the property is under contract. It's apparently been listed since last summer, at an original price of $795K. The final list price was just under $650K, though we wouldn't be surprised if the sale price comes in under that number. Closing should happen a couple of months from now.
For decades, Mount Sinai Hospital at 4th & Reed has stood over the South Philly landscape the way Gulliver towered over the lilliputians. Built over an almost two decade period between 1921 and 1939 and designed by architects Magaziner, Eberhard & Harris, the art deco hospital closed in 1997 and has been a vacant and lurking reminder of what was ever since.
View of the hospital from 4th & Reed
Now, as renewal efforts across various South Philly neighborhoods continue to materialize, developers have presented a new proposal to make-over the enormous parcel and convert it into 236 new units in the form of 198 apartments in the old hospital surrounded by 38 townhomes. We spotted an orange zoning app posted at the site when we passed by the other day.