While it's a bit of a slow train coming, redevelopment along North Broad Street, or at least plans for it, continue to surface. While it's still very early in the process, Loonstyn Properties, which has become a major developer in the area over the past few years, is currently under agreement to purchase three buildings near 15th & Melon, a block west of North Broad, just south of Fairmount Avenue.
Of the three buildings, two could become a mixed-use project with ground-floor commercial. Those two, 1427 and 1429-35 Melon St., are now a one- and two-story brick garage that absolutely scream reuse. The brick looks like it's in good condition, the brick arched door on the two-story building is charming, a type less seen. The third building, 675 N. 15th St., will remain in its current state as a four-unit residential building, though minor renovations will be made as needed. According to Bill Loonstyn Jr., it's still too early to decide whether the buildings will be converted or not. The company is still looking for an architect, and plans are preliminary.
Back in November, we told you that Momoyo at 20th & Brandywine was closed, possibly temporarily and perhaps forever. Last week, a reader told us that work being done to the storefront, and a retro sign had been revealed. We passed by the other day and saw the old sign, and noted that it will soon be covered up forever.
Old sign is being covered
Check out the panels
Though one of the workers on the site told us that Momoyo was open for business, it certainly doesn't look like it. And their Facebook page has no activity since last summer. Does anyone know what's going on with this business? And what do people think about the panels being installed on the storefront?
For the last few years, the parcels upon which the Sydenham homes are now rising have been used as an informal parking area, ostensibly for folks who live on the block (whose garages suggest that they didn't really need the extra parking all that much). Originally, the developers proposed six homes for 643-53 N. Sydenham St., but reduced the number down to five before getting the necessary approvals.
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.