So you can imagine how happy we were yesterday when the ZBA approved plans at this address for a new sign and a small addition that would allow for additional seating in the restaurant. With these approvals, we can only hope that the path is finally laid out for the new business to open its doors in the near future. Considering how long we’ve all been waiting for this place, we can only hope it matches the quality vibe and excellent food at Simons’ other locations. According to Michael Klein, he’s still seeking a chef- so if you’re experienced in the ramen business, now might be a good time to drop off a resume.
Over the summer, we looked at the history of 615 S. 6th St., most recently known as the Antiquarian's Delight. If you pass by this building, you don't have to look to carefully to notice that it wasn't always a flea market. Even if you can't read Hebrew, you can probably guess that the building was originally a synagogue. And even if you don't have an eye for architecture, you can see that there's nothing like it anywhere else in the neighborhood.
So when we heard the antique market was closing due to the sale of the building, we were concerned that the new owners were going to demolish the building to replace it with a new, contemporary structure. We were quite relieved when we passed by the other day and observed that the building was indeed undergoing renovations, indicating that the unique structure is here to stay. According to permits shown on the L&I Map, the developers are creating thirteen apartments and a leasing office in the building, which will instantly become one of the most interesting and recognizable addresses in the neighborhood.
Developers want to construct nine new town homes, all of which would have roof decks. Four of the homes would front Christian Street and feature rear-access two-car garages. The remaining five would be behind the first four and be separated by a courtyard, and each would have a one-car garage and an outdoor parking space. This would be made possible by the fact that the building sits on a lot that's 140' deep.
Last week, we learned from Plan Philly about plans for seventy-five new homes on a currently overgrown lot bordered by Columbus Blvd, Catharine Street, and I-95. JKR Partners did the design work for this new mini-neighborhood, which would clearly be a step up from the current situation on this lot.
Looking up Swanson St.
View on Catharine
From Columbus Blvd.
As you can see, this lot is vacant, overgrown, and a legitimate eyesore. And if it's indeed been drug-infested, as QVNA zoning member Richard Wolk suggested, than it's truly a nuisance lot that should be developed posthaste. But is Bridgeview, as the project has been dubbed, the right project for this location?
About six months ago, when we last checked in on 817-19 S. 5th St. in Queen Village, the old buildings that had stood at this address for almost two-hundred years had been demolished and a new structure had risen in their place. Passing by the other day, it appeared to us as though the Weccacoe Flats project has been completed.
In the past
In case you don't remember, this project replaced the two old homes with three new condo units, each with rear-access parking. Oh, and they all sold well before construction was finished. So what do people think, is this new project an upgrade over what was here before? Or did you prefer the look of the old homes?