Pennsport Getting Four Homes in Place of an Auto Garage

You may recall that the other day, we told you about a tiny house planned for the 1200 block of 2nd Street which some neighbors are fighting because it'll result in the elimination of an old tree. Less than a block away from here, and slightly farther away from Federal Donuts, we noticed a building was recently demolished. 1314 S. 2nd St. was a one-story auto garage for many years, but now only some steel beams remain where it once stood.

In the past

View of the property

Developers bought the property a little over a year ago, and took it to the ZBA for a four-home development, with two homes on 2nd Street and two more on Philip Street. It looks like the ZBA denied the variance in November of last year, but then the project came back for some reason and the variance was granted this March. Does anyone have any insight into what happened here?

Putting the variance questions aside, the developers are building some simple but nice looking homes which will rise four stories and (wump wump) include front-loading garages. One of the homes was already listed for sale, quickly going under agreement at a list price of just under $600K. This price point is on the high end for this neighborhood, though the homes will include 3,000 sqft of living space, 4 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms. The developers are calling the development Herron Park Homes, since Herron Playground is just a few doors away to the south.

Project rendering

This is just the latest residential project for this block, which has seen some serious change in the last few years. Immediately to the north, four newer looking homes date back less than a decade. On the east side of the block is an even newer project, which replaced a large warehouse after an unfortunate fire.

Newish homes on the west side of the street

These homes replaced the warehouse

As we mentioned, the playground on the block is a wonderful draw, and so is the crossfit gym, which shows that old auto garages can be used for something other than residential redevelopment. 

Crossfit gym across the street

You may also notice, there's even more construction toward the southern end of the block. And we'd bet there's more change in store, somewhere nearby.

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