In October, we told you that groundbreaking for Renewbold would finally be taking place at 16th & Moore. For decades, this was the site of the Drexel School. After the school was demolished, the parcel sat vacant for several years, as planning for Renewbold progressed. Now, nine new homes have sprung from the ground.
Back in January, we showed you some images of the former Saint Rita's school at Broad & Ellsworth as it was being demolished. At the time, we told you that the Saint Rita of Cascia Shrine next door had plans for the site that once contained the school which were coming to fruition after years of stops and starts.
Saint Rita of Cascia Shrine
Future building site
Originally, the plan here was to renovate the old school building and add on another small structure to create the Cascia Center, "a place of healing, reflection, and assistance for all people." Somewhere along the line, the plans changed. The new version of the project involves the school's demolition (check) and the construction of a one-story structure on the corner with a parking lot in the rear. Not that the original plan was the paradigm of good urbanism, but this new one is so much worse.
After grabbing a delicious sandwich at Breezy's Cafe yesterday, we were heading back into town when we noticed a new and growing hole in the ground at the northeast corner of 20th & Ellsworth. The combination of three vacant lots has held back this corner for quite some time, and the vacant looking building next to the lots ain't helping either.
The two southern lots were purchased about a year and a half ago by Michael Mosheyev, a developer who recently built three homes nearby on the 2000 block of Annin Street. For the corner lot, permits indicate that he's building a triplex. Whether he's planning to rent them out or make them into condos is anybody's guess. The lot next door is more than three feet narrower and will only accomodate a single family home. It's kind of a shame that he wasn't able to change the lot lines without going to zoning, as this will result in a somewhat inferior interior home. Still, we are confident it will sell quickly in this market. And considering the location is close to several other residential developments and the slowly-starting-to-turn-around Point Breeze Avenue, it's one of the more desirable spots to live in the neighborhood.
It's amazing to reflect that just a couple of years ago, the development frontier in northern Point Breeze was Wharton Street. Now, we've seen all kinds of proposals south of Wharton, notably the fifty home project proposed between Wharton and Reed on their 2000 blocks. And of course there are all kinds of other one-off projects we've seen south of Wharton, including new construction and rehabs. Today, we have news of a proposed five-home development on the 1900 block of Reed, on the northeast corner of Opal & Reed. Currently, this is a snow-covered vacant lot.
Current view on Reed Street
Looking up Opal Street
Recently, OCF Holdings put this parcel under contract, and will hopefully be constructing five new homes on this large parcel. Two of the homes will front Reed Street, while the other three will front Opal Street. Check out the preliminary rendering below:
Sometime in the last few months, the Lucky Food Market on the southwest corner of 17th & Federal got an exterior makeover, changed their name, and got some new signage. Nobody would argue that they were in need of this upgrade.
A couple years back
Now, the building looks much better and the retail space looks much more inviting. The signage, you can see in this photo, is much more prominent.
Shiny and new
To fully appreciate the awesomeness of this new sign, watch this video to see it in action. And hey, enjoy the musical accompaniment as our gift to you.