A reader reached out the other day, having spied zoning notices at 1172-74 S. Broad St. and wondering what's afoot. This building was home to a car dealership back in the day, and the rear of the property has been a dialysis center for the last few years. The front section of the building was for lease a couple years back, with Always Best Care Senior Services opening last year at some point.
NW corner of Broad & Federal
Though the building is fully leased, it wouldn't have been a shock to learn that developers had stepped in with plans to demolish the building or build apartments above the existing structure. This section of South Broad Street has seen some new development in recent years, like the commercial renovation/addition across the street and the Armory apartment building a block to the south. And there's more coming, like the mixed-use project planned up the street next door to Papa Johns. And oh yeah, maybe something will happen someday at Broad & Washington.
The Planning Commission supported the project this week, resulting in accusations of racism from two people opposing the project. It will go to the ZBA next month and we'll see what happens. But in the meantime, the developers are proceeding with site work, hopeful that they'll receive the necessary approvals. Earlier this week, they demolished the warehouse that's stood here for a hundred years and the change on the street is incredible.
As the Point Breeze neighborhood went through a prolonged downturn, countless handsome buildings fell into disrepair. While many were eventually demolished, others survived but became disfigured over time thanks to suboptimal repair and renovation jobs. But times have changed and the last few years have meant a huge development surge in the neighborhood. For the most part, this has meant a wave of new construction, but many properties have been rehabbed too. This brings us to 1701 S. 19th St., an example of a building that we'd guess was once an architectural gem.
In the past
We can't find any historical images of this property but we'd guess that the first floor was once a small store of some kind, the cornice wasn't always covered in vinyl, and the turret at the corner once had windows. An added bonus, at some point the corner turret and bay window were covered in an unfortunate material that evokes a wool couch from the 1970s. According to some old listings, the building is a legal triplex, and contained a studio, a 1-bedroom, and a 2-bedroom unit. But new owners came on the scene a little over a year ago and have totally renovated the property.
Some big changes are taking place on the 2400 block of Manton Street. When we last visited here over the summer, a new home was under construction on the southwest corner of 24th & Manton and it boasted a list price of $500K. At the time, we also reminded you about a plan from Streamline Solutions for a dozen new homes on the north side of the block and half a dozen more on the south side of the block. In the time that's passed since our last visit, the home at the corner has finished and sold for over $500K, and construction has started on a row of new homes across the street.
Looking down 24th Street
Row of six new homes on the north side of Manton Street
As we mentioned before, each of these new homes will have the three bedrooms and three bathrooms you'd expect in new construction, but a bit unusual for Point Breeze, each of the homes will have parking in the back. Despite the fact that these homes are rather slim, each only 14' wide, they're listed for $500K. The homes coming to the south side of the street, a similar width but sans parking, are listed for $450K. The listings for the homes on the north side provide a project rendering as well as some fancy 3D interior renders.