Point Breeze

And even more are coming

After nobody paid it much mind for many years, the 1300 block of Chadwick Street has gotten a ton of attention of late. The block had been dominated by a huge vacant lot on its eastern side for a long time, but a major residential development has shrunk the size of the lot, and soon it will disappear completely. At the beginning of this year, groundbreaking took place for a twelve-home project on the aforementioned lot. To date, eight of the twelve homes have been built and three are either sold or under agreement. The remaining homes are currently listed for $349K.

On the east side, eight new homes are up

Across the street, we spied another project that recently got underway. Remember, about a year ago, we told you of plans for three more homes on this block, at 1308-12 Chadwick St., on a much smaller vacant lot. Formwork is currently in the ground, and we'd wager that foundations will get poured later this week.

We shall see

As has been the case on many blocks in Point Breeze of late, the 2000 block of Federal Street has seen considerable redevelopment. On the block's eastern end, OCF Coffee House opened a couple of years ago and Breezy's Cafe moved in a little more recently, adding to the commercial mix at the top of Point Breeze Avenue. On the south side of the block, two new construction projects and a rehab have progressed nicely since we first covered them back in July. And on the western end of the block, seven homes with parking in the rear are replacing a lot that's been vacant for quite some time. This is a change from what was originally presented as a plan for fifteen condo units.

But just two homes joining the party

20th Street between Titan and Wharton has seen some big changes in the last few years. At the corner of 20th & Titan, a single family home sprung from the ground on a lot that had previously been vacant for decades. This home has been joined by other new construction and rehabs on the 1900 and 2000 blocks of Titan Street. All the way at Wharton Street, two duplexes were built in the last twelve months which are occupied as rentals. These buildings also replaced vacant lots.

Looking south from Titan down to Wharton Street

As of a few days ago, this little stretch still had three vacant lots. But now that number has been slashed to one as construction is underway on two new homes at 1252-54 S. 20th St., immediately to the north of the new duplexes. When we passed by today, formwork was in place, suggesting foundations are on the come.

Formwork next to newer duplexes

Immediately to the north of the future homes is a two-story house that's in really bad shape. It's had several violations open since the end of last year, and we wouldn't be shocked to see it demolished by the City at some point. The lot next door to the home is owned by the City so it might be some time before it turns over.

Shiny new building on the way

For many years, the 1700 block of South Broad Street has been home to the South Philadelphia Neighborhood Library, Health Center 2, and the DiSilvestro Playground and Recreation Center. All three facilties have been looking a little shabby of late, needing at least some minor repairs and ideally a major renovation. That sort of thing costs money, and perhaps you've heard the City isn't exactly swimming in the green stuff these days.

Through a creative partnership with CHOP though, South Philly will soon be getting a brand new library, rec center, and health center to go along with a relocated CHOP primary care facility. Groundbreaking on this project, which is called the Community Health and Literacy Center, took place a couple of weeks ago, and construction (demolition, really) is now underway.

And phase one is finished

It's been a long road for Renewbold, but it seems that the journey is finally approaching its end. It was all the way back in February of 2011 that we first told you about this project from LPMG, the guys behind American Sardine Bar and South Philly Tap Room. About a year later, the project, with sixteen homes, two condos and a retail space at 16th & Moore got approval from the ZBA. In October of 2013, the first phase of the project broke ground, with 6 two-story homes and 2 three-story homes fronting Bancroft Street. Those homes now appear to be finished and are sold out. Take a look-see.