Point Breeze

Several project progressing

Over a year ago, we visited the 1900 block of Titan Street in Point Breeze, and told you about plans to replace three older homes with new three story structures. We revisited the block the other day, and discovered that two of those homes are now under construction.

1925 Titan St. with a setback
No setback needed at 1944 Titan St.

As you can see, new construction has appeared at 1925 Titan St., replacing an old row home. They didn't have to do this, but they were kind enough to maintain the cornice line at the second story before they set back the third floor. As a result, it doesn't look totally ridiculous like so many homes with a similar setback. Down the block, 1944 Titan St. has seen construction proceed at a brisk pace, and lacks a setback because it has a previously existing three story home next door. It's currently on the market at a price of $384K. We hope they get what they're asking.

In the background of the second photo above, you can see another home framed on the other side of 20th Street.

Several projects happening

If you've been to Point Breeze lately, you've probably noticed that there's a ton of construction going on all over the neighborhood. Heading up 18th Street the other day, we kept bumping into projects so figured we'd pass along some updates. First, we look at 1334 S. 18th St., which was previously a vacant lot. Just to the north of this construction site, Community Ventures built some affordable housing units a couple years back.

1334 S. 18th St.

Now framed out to two stories, this property will eventually be a single family home. Developers Oakwood Elm LLC bought the corner property last year for $55K which is a pretty good price considering that it's allowing a by-right build of a home that will sell for over $350K. The vacant lot immediately to the south, in case you're wondering, is owned by the City. So look for it to get developed really soon. Or maybe in ten years. We just don't know. One perk for whoever ends up living here is that they'll be mere steps from the still newish cafe, the Pharmacy.

Access to Sardine Bar perhaps too easy?

When the American Sardine Bar opened a couple years ago at 18th & Federal, it was hailed as a wonderful addition to a neighborhood that had seen few if any businesses open in years. Last year, when they were able to add outdoor seating to their establishment, it added a new and wonderful dimension to the business. And now, with the weather warming up, we again start to think about enjoying some onion rings and a cold one at 18th & Federal. But this year, the scene will be a little different.

Will be a welcome improvement

About four years ago, we walked through 1128 S. 19th St., exploring the possibility of purchasing the property. The building had three apartments and a small dentist's office. A fire had taken place just weeks prior, and while some parts of the building were badly damaged, other parts were still more or less intact.

Before the fire

We ended up pursuing another project, and didn't really think about the property again until about a year and a half ago when a new front facade was constructed. At that time, we figured the interior would get renovated and the building would be reoccupied relatively soon. Now, it looks like that's finally on the horizon.

These days, it's become the norm to see old warehouses torn down in favor of construction of new homes. So when we heard that there was new residential development coming to the 1600 block of Mifflin Street, we were expecting that demolition would be part of the plan. A storage facility sits at 1618-22 Mifflin St., on the corner of Chadwick, and seems like an attractive development site. We're not sure what the building was built for originally, but we know it housed a wood working shop and a dance studio fifteen years ago thanks to an old listing.

The building

Rather than demolishing the structure, developers are proposing to convert it into apartments. Next week, they'll be appearing before Newbold Neighbors to present their plan for nine apartments in this building. They'll also be adding a roof deck- but no parking. Refusals are for residential use, since the property is zoned industrial, and for a lack of five parking spaces. Clearly, an industrial use on this site is anachronistic. Considering the fact that the building has just under 10K sqft inside, nine apartments seems entirely appropriate. As for parking, we can't blame them for that, since there doesn't seem to be a way to make parking work on this site.