Better than a vacant lot, certainly

We've had an eye on 2001-2003 S. 4th St. for many years, first bringing it to your attention way back in the spring of 2011. Mere months before that story, a fire had ravaged an 13-unit apartment building at this location, ultimately resulting in its demolition.

In the past

When we checked in on the property last fall, it was still sitting vacant but developers had a plan to build a four-home project here, with two homes on Moyamensing Avenue and two more on 4th Street. But the project still had to go to the ZBA, so it was no sure thing at that point. Be that as it may, four homes on a 3,200 sqft lot made all kinds of sense and we were optimistic that it would happen. And our optimism has been rewarded!

Don't even try to drive on some of these blocks

We told you about a four-home project on 2nd Street in Pennsport a few weeks ago, and mentioned in passing two more homes under construction nearby, across the street from Herron Playground. At the time, we thought we were providing an update on that project, foolishly thinking we'd mentioned it before. Upon further review, we never have!

Upon further review... Mr. Fox has a terrible memory!

So here's the skinny - developers bought 1333-35 S. 2nd St. at the end of last year, paying $450K for the pair of lots that go all the way through to Hancock Street. They've wisely subdivided the lots and are now building four homes here, with two on 2nd Street and two more on Hancock Street. Two of the homes are already under agreement and one of the Hancock homes is currently listed for $470K. Each home has 2,500 sqft of living space, with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. And as we said, they have very easy access to a playground, a huge benefit for somebody with young kids.

This block of 2nd Street has seen some major changes

You may recall that the other day, we told you about a tiny house planned for the 1200 block of 2nd Street which some neighbors are fighting because it'll result in the elimination of an old tree. Less than a block away from here, and slightly farther away from Federal Donuts, we noticed a building was recently demolished. 1314 S. 2nd St. was a one-story auto garage for many years, but now only some steel beams remain where it once stood.

In the past

View of the property

Developers bought the property a little over a year ago, and took it to the ZBA for a four-home development, with two homes on 2nd Street and two more on Philip Street. It looks like the ZBA denied the variance in November of last year, but then the project came back for some reason and the variance was granted this March. Does anyone have any insight into what happened here?

This would mean rejecting a plan for a home next door

Trying to get through this sweaty Monday, we hoofed it over to Federal Donuts in Pennsport to grab some sugary and doughy goodness. Sated, we walked out the door and spied an odd banner on the fence on the northwest corner of 2nd & Manton.

Northwest corner of 2nd & Manton

The banner

From a quick read of the banner, it seems that a developer is planning a home for a small lot here and that someone else is none too pleased about the idea. Thankfully, the folks opposing the project have put together a website that details the situation. We did some additional digging to help better understand the situation.

Originally an educational center, now a retirement home

A few readers have reached out to us over the years, wondering about the history of the large building at 508 Moore St., which is presently home to a retirement home called Our Mother of Good Counsel. It's a unique building for any neighborhood in Philadelphia, but it especially sticks out in this part of South Philly which is dominated by generic row homes.