Point Breeze

Hear about 'em in person

We generally like to tell you about projects after the wheels start turning in the community process, but tonight we're gonna make an exception. On December 15th at 6:30pm, South Philadelphia Homes is holding a community meeting for several larger projects planned for Point Breeze. Later this week, we'll have some additional info on these projects, but for now here's the agenda:

- Thirteen units at 24th & Manton with thirteen parking spots
 
24th & Manton
 
- Expansion of Madira at 1252 S. 21st St., 
 
- Duplex 1301 S. 23rd St.
 
- Signage at 1447 Point Breeze Ave.
 
- Additiona at 1822 Latona St.
 
- Four homes at 2408-14 Manton St.
 
- Mixed-use building at 24th & Ellsworth
 
24th & Ellsworth

You've heard about these meetings on this site in the past- go to one and be a part of the community process!

Disclosure: This may come as a shock but our parent company, OCF Realty, is involved in none of these projects.

Certainly more fun than tile

Washington Avenue has certainly seen some positive changes in recent years. Restaurant Cafe Ynez is doing their thing on the first floor of the successful NextFab Studios. Kermit's is killing it on the 2200 block. There's even a crossfit gym. But all of these developments, while certainly excellent, are small potatoes. We're still waiting for that big thing to transition Washington Avenue from a forklift-laden moat between two neighborhoods to a walkable, pedestrian friendly bridge between Graduate Hospital and Point Breeze.

That could happen if someone buys and finally redevelops the Frankford Chocolate Factory. Or when construction starts at 1601 Washington Ave. on a new mixed-use building. Or perhaps when a beer garden/entertainment venue opens at 22nd & Washington.

Wait, what?

And there's a groundbreaking in their backyard

Another day, another handful of vacant lots by the wayside in Point Breeze. This time, we found two new homes at 2313 and 2315 Ellsworth St., both of which were formerly vacant lots. Remember, we last visited this block over the summer, covering a few other homes under construction closer to 24th Street. Developers To The Sky LLC bought the aforementioned pair last year, and they're now building single family homes here. They also bought the adjacent vacant lot, 2311 Ellsworth St., and will soon be building a third single family home there to join the two we see today. 

Two new homes have been framed

Directly behind this project there's another development that's finally moving forward. In September, we told you about plans for fourteen new homes on the 2300 block of Alter Street, and noted that an old warehouse was getting demolished. Checking back today, we see the warehouse is gone and a new hole has appeared on the block. At the bottom of the hole, we spotted footers for the first three homes in the development.

Years in the making

Almost three years ago, we first brought you to the corner where Titan Street hits Point Breeze Avenue, to a large parcel that's been vacant for many years. We shared, with excitement, plans for the redevelopment of this lot with a new mixed-use building. We wondered if this development, with thirteen apartments and a first-floor commercial space, would spur new construction in the neighborhood and on the corridor, and whether it would encourage new businesses to come to Point Breeze.

In the past, a huge vacant lot

In the years that have passed since we first broke news of this project, construction has indeed continued in the surrounding neighborhood. And a few new businesses have opened on Point Breeze Avenue, including OCF Coffee House, a new pharmacy, and Breezy's Cafe. But this property has continued to sit, embroiled in litigation. A few months ago, the lawsuit was thrown out and construction finally got started. Passing by earlier today, we discovered a building that's been fully framed to two stories, with work taking place on the third.

To nobody's surprise, it's tearing up the place

Yesterday, we posted about the demolition of a former launderette at 21st & Federal, and also mentioned the row of homes under construction across the street. When we passed by the corner in advance of writing that post, the southwest corner, the former Burg's Lounge, was sitting vacant, as it has for many months. When we dropped by this corner earlier today, we saw a very different sight.

Backhoe at work
Dumping into a truck

Remember, over two years ago, we told you that Burg's Lounge would be coming back to life thanks to a the investment of some real estate people who were either going to operate the bar or get other operators in there. We still aren't sure who's taking charge of the once and future bar, but it appears to finally be moving forward. The place has been totally gutted inside, and the backhoe you see above is clearing out the junk inside. Hopefully, the backhoe won't accidentally bump any bricks from the doorway into the place. If it doesn't we award bonus points to these developers for creative use of a backhoe.

But more importantly, the fact that work is finally happening here is only good news for the neighborhood. We suspect neighbors will be pleased with the addition of another watering hole to the neighborhood.

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