A Home Will Replace a Vacant Lot on Frankford Ave. Monday, January 21, 2013
We were on the 1800 block of Frankford Ave. last week and spotted some new construction that we hadn't previously heard about. So clearly, we decided to do some sniffing around to see what we could learn.
1849 Frankford Ave. was purchased by M2cr2 LLC in September, apparently from the City. We've never heard of this particular developer, but we're pretty sure at least one of the principals is involved in BMK Properties, a developer we've covered a couple of times for projects in the general area. According to permit information we found on the L&I website, this property is on its way to becoming a single family home, and KJO Architecture has done the design work.
The home is listed for $379,900, and will be about 2,300 sqft, with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. According to the listing, some finishes can still be customized. While some traditionalists may lament just how much this new home will break from the surrounding architecture, we're happy to see something so unique and interesting land in this random Frankford Avenue lot.
Whoever ends up purchasing this home will not only have Rocket Cat Cafe just a half a block away, but will also have Pizza Brain a few blocks to the north and the growing cohort of businesses on Frankford just before Girard a few blocks in the other direction. Infill development like this is crucial for Frankford Avenue to continue moving forward as it has in recent years, and it will hopefully help spur some bigger projects on some of the larger vacant lots that still remain. We can only hope.