We've been seeing lots of revitalization along West Girard in Brewerytown, and now we’re seeing additional action further east on Girard, near the Temple area. Over the last several months, a longtime vacant lot a brush away from Broad Street has been transformed into a contemporary-looking dorm of a building that’s rather inconsistent with the more traditional brick fronts along Girard Avenue.
Looking west on Girard
Back in the fall, 1509 Girard Ave. was a half-framed out building that we suspected, when completed, would cater to the rising demand of student housing that's gone up around Temple the past few years. Developers Robo Development 1511 Girard LLC combined two lots (1509-11) into one in order to construct the building. When it’s finished, the building will have seventeen apartments and eleven parking spaces in the basement. Access to the underground parking is from the rear of the building.
About two years ago, we passed along the info that Amz Development was planning on putting ten apartments and eight parking spaces at the corner of 15th & Master. At the time, we were careful to inform you that the developers only owned the corner lot, and the Redevelopment Authority owned the larger parcel immediately to the north. Still, with a lot that measures over 4,000 sqft, we could appreciate how they would fit ten apartments on the lot. The parking, on the other hand, was a mystery.
In the past
As you can see in the (slightly blurry) photo above, the project is finally underway. And the PRA lot next door remains vacant. We still can't quite figure out how parking will be accounted for here. We likewise are a little confused about the height of the building. It just looks a little short, especially compared to some other buildings up the block.
On the southwest corner of Broad & Somerset, pretty much between Temple University and Temple Hospital, sits a very cool building. A couple of years ago, it contained a kitchen supply store and looked pretty awful. More recently, Broad Street Beer Distributor opened here, and cleaned up the building some.
In the past
Clearly, the building wasn't built for either kitchen supplies or a beer distributor. Does anyone out there have any insight into what used to be here? Is there any hope that the upper floors will be renovated some day, and perhaps used for housing?
Last week, we told you about a new hole we spotted near 17th & Diamond that will soon turn into new student rentals near Temple. Today we have some other projects to tell you about nearby, buildings which we would also wager will eventually contain Temple students. First, we look at the northeast corner of 18th & Monument, where a new quadplex has been framed out. Across the street on 18th are a bunch of buildings that have gone up in recent years.