Five New Homes Replacing Junk-Filled Fishtown Lot

Fishtown is a white hot neighborhood, buoyed by the eclectic Frankford Avenue commercial corridor and a seemingly unending parade of development projects throughout the area. We know this not only because Forbes Magazine says so, but because we’ve been paying close attention over the last decade, providing you with the play by play. But this wasn’t always the case. For decades, this was a working class neighborhood, ignored by developers, hipsters, and property assessors alike. With negligible interest from investors, plenty of real estate sat around, not being used for highest or best purposes. This was especially the case on Frankford Avenue, where many large parcels were used by industrial businesses and there were numerous lots sitting vacant. There were also a number of vacant lots inside the neighborhood, off the corridor. Many of those lots have turned into homes over the years, but not all of them.

View in the past

The photo above shows an example of one such lot which has continued to sit vacant. 2318-26 E. Susquehanna Ave. is a sizable lot which has been sitting vacant for over a decade. It looks like it had some kind of community use a few years ago, but recent images show it as a storage lot for a few vehicles and some garbage. Developers purchased the property last summer and paid $875K, putting it under agreement only two weeks after it was listed for sale. By right, these developers could have built four homes on the lots but instead went to the ZBA to get permission to build a fifth home. They got that approval last month, and have already broken ground on the project.

View at the corner
Ongoing excavation

Digging through some of the permitting documentation, we realized that KJO Architecture did the design work for the project. We were able to snag a project rendering from their Instagram feed, and the homes look like they’ll be a solid addition to the area.

Project rendering

Even if we didn’t appreciate the design, let’s agree that just about anything would be a step up over the vacant lot. Now we’ll just be left to wonder what kind of prices they’re able to get here. Reckon we’ll find out soon enough.

  • PreserveNicePhiladelphiaBldgs

    They would look way better with a modern cornice.

    • Rob Manelle

      Agreed. Looks like they gave up after they designed the first floor and then just copy and pasted their way up.

  • NFA

    Check out the stoop pooper

  • Frantic

    Should that read Fishtown corner sprouts five junky overpriced ugly buildings?

  • James Chickenboy Herman

    Hideous cheap garbage.

  • Frantic

    Should this read junky big old ugly overpriced buildings sprout on tidy tree lined lot in Fishtown?

    • ZBIZZ

      Tidy tree lined lot???? Tree lined, sure- but nothing about that lot looks tidy. There are literally a dozen black plastic trashbags strewn about in the corner.

  • James Goodwin

    Nothing wrong with that as long the developer quickly sells them for a tidy profit. Doesn’t matter how sour NImbys are.

    • Frantic

      Perhaps you have enough money to pick up and go to the next new hot trendy happening place when you feel like this one is done. Long time residents and thoughtful new ones want to keep the neighborhood liveable for all who choose to live here.

      • LCS

        Exactly! And for the joker’s who say these $600k bunkers increase property value. .that only matters if you sell. In the meantime, it jacks up our property taxes. What’s worse is these folks won’t be paying their fair share of taxes thanks to the idiotic tax abatement. Whomever wrote this is so clueless. They obviously know nothing about this area.

  • Frantic

    The lot was cared for very well by a neighbor who was a landscaper until his death. It was fenced so there was no shortdumping. If windblown debris accumulated it was no more than on many individual properties – the depth of leaves around some peoples front steps is awe inspriing. When is the last time you swept up the debris and leaves on your property? The houses are overlarge and overbearing, the color dark, the blocked front steps and lack of yard are not neighborhood friendly design. When the ZBA allows variances for this kind of building it is encouraging a “gated” community mindset.

    • LCS

      Not completely true. The end lots were sold to NKCDC by a neighbor and employee of NKCDC. The deal was they were not to be built on .They fired him. I bought my house from him. He and his wife passed away years ago but that was always NKCDC landscaping equipmemt lot. NKCDC took great care of the lot .It only became crappy after the developers bought it and didn’t pick up trash or sweep the sidewalks. These houses are out of place here. Overpriced and hideous. All the 2 and 3 story homes on this block are wonderful. Not to mention .parking was already a hassle

  • bemisBAK

    soulless dreck.