Finally, over the last few months, the rest of the church was demolished. Now, the spot where the church stood for many decades is a flat dirt lot. Eventually, we understand fourteen condos and four townhomes will rise here.
Back in May, we told you about a new froyo place opening on the corner of 20th & Brandywine, in a space previously inhabited by a little grocery store. At the time, we suggested that we were excited to try out some of their interesting product mix, which included cotton candy, smoothies, frozen yogurt, bubble tea, macaroons, coffee, and dog treats. But over the last few weeks, we've noticed that the place has not been open. And more recently, their signs have been covered and a zoning notice has appeared.
Does anyone know what happened to Momoyo? Did they crash and burn in just a few months? Did they run into some kind of permitting problem? Were there issues with the landlord?
Any insight from neighbors would be much appreciated.
The historic Spring Garden neighborhood has come a long way in the last twenty years. By now, most of the neighborhood has been redeveloped, with quaint row homes and historic mansions filling its tree-lined streets. Because of this, any example of vacancy in the neighborhood is particularly striking. So we look at a string of parcels on the west side of the 600 block of N 16th Street, a block south of Fairmount, and wonder when they'll soon be redeveloped like the rest of the neighborhood.
The vacant property on the corner, 622 N. 16th St., is owned by PHA. In this area, the Housing Authority generally does a pretty good job, with numerous rental properties that are relatively well maintained. Take, for example, the building just a few doors down, also owned by PHA, which looks like it was renovated just a few years ago and appears to be fully occupied.
On the southeast corner of 12th & Brandywine, a new building is currently under construction. You may recall, we brought this intersection to your attention many moons ago, when we talked about six new homes coming to the northeast corner. While that project is not yet in the ground, plans we were previously unaware of are already in full swing.