Queen Village

What a difference this will make

At the bottom of Fabric Row, at 4th & Queen, a collection of buildings are under construction as part of a project that's transforming a long-lousy corner. Previously, the southwest corner of this intersection contained a collection of stucco-covered buildings that were probably quite old, but altered beyond recognition from their original condition.

In the past

Over the summer, we brought you to this corner as renovations were just getting underway. A laundromat that had lived here for years had closed down, and the facade of the corner building and several more to the south were getting work done. Passing by the other day, the construction has stepped up several notches.

Current view

For the corner building, the height has been bumped up several feet, now exceeding that of the building next door. A few doors down, two stories have been added atop a former garage. New bays have appeared, and several storefront windows have been carved out, making the space more attractive for retail tenants down the road. And thankfully, the two intact cornices look like they're being preserved.

A reader pointed us to a website for this project, which is called 404 Queen. There, we discovered a rendering for this bad boy.

But we make no promises

The pasty building at 718-724 S. 2nd St. has looked awful for many years. Most recently, Queen Village neighbors hired a lawyer to make sure a new developer who started work on the building this fall without community involvement was doing it safely.

Several weeks ago

For at least the past eight years, neighbors have been staring at a blighted construction site in the middle of a well developed residential strip of Queen Village. We first wondered about the site that includes a section fronting Monroe Street three years ago. Then it was owned Queens Mews South LP, a Brooklyn company that after a long, lengthy complicated community process went belly up, according to Mike Hauptman, Queen Village Neighbors Association zoning chair.

“We could sort of tell it wasn't a great project,” said Hauptman, an architect, about those plans. It involved stringing numerous addresses into one parcel. The building looks like single-family homes, but is really one apartment building with a single entrance. One aspect that concerned neighbors then was that the redevelop, developers planned to go deeper underground than the neighboring homes where they would build extra support, a delicate process known as underpinning. So when the developer went bankrupt and the property sat like a worn tooth, neighbors weren't thrilled for a number of reasons.

Well this would be cool

Generally when we talk about Washington Avenue, we're harping on possible projects west of Broad Street. Despite the fact that the other half of Washington Avenue is more developed with residential uses and less of a moat between neighborhoods, it's still ripe with redevelopment opportunities. Recently, we learned from Passyunk Post that developers are eyeing the northeast corner of 6th & Washington for a major redevelopment. Currently, it's got three residential properties.

Current view

Next month, there's gonna be a presentation to QVNA for a seven-story building with ground-floor commercial and twelve apartments above. This would be a major change for this intersection, which has already seen some changes in recent years. A new building went up on the southeast corner a couple of years ago which is currently home to a dentist's office. Just to the south, a long-vacant property was replaced even more recently with a new mixed-use building.

Event coming up

Right now, the strip of landscaping that runs along Bainbridge Street between 3rd and 5th Streets is just that, a strip of landscaping that some might call a park. It's already a nice brief glimpse of green in a city neighborhood, but the Friends of Bainbridge Green have bigger plans.

Buildings look much better

We were grabbing some farm fresh produce at Headhouse today and passed by a couple of buildings we first wrote about back in April. At that time, they were under heavy construction, with eight apartments and two fresh commercial spaces in the works.

Several months ago

When we passed 610-12 S. 4th St. today, it looked like the construction was all done. A new bay appeared on the norther building, and new tenants were occupying both retail spaces. S&N Nail & Spa has taken over one space, while a relocated UPS Store is in the other. Remember, the UPS Store was previously on the 200 block of South Street, but their space will eventually be taken over by New York based Garden of Eden.

Over the weekend

Great to see these buildings finished and occupied!