Updates: Four Quadplexes Near Temple Getting Close

Every now and then, despite our best efforts, we don’t get the facts right. And usually in such cases, we find the need to come clean, eventually. Which is what we’re doing right now. Back in March, we told you about three new quadplexes that were about to go up on the 1800 block of N. 17th St., across the street from a series of new student housing units that have been built over the last couple of years.

In the past

Gosh, this is soooo embarrassing. Turns out, it isn’t three quadplexes going up here. It’s four quadplexes! All are being built by the same developer, ZMA One LLC, and the apartments are now for rent, despite the fact that the buildings are still not finished.

Current view

Our big regret at this time is that we still don’t know the finish or the color for the bay windows for these new buildings. As you can see looking at the rest of the block, there’s a combination of shiny metallic and a rainbow theme that makes the new construction here look a little different than some other boring new student housing you might find around the neighborhood.

View of the block

It’s crazy to think that all of these new buildings were vacant lots as recently as a few years back. Then again, there’s still plenty of remaining vacant land in the vicinity, waiting to be redeveloped. As for when the barrage of new construction will stop near Temple, and how many more creative bay windows we’ll see between now and then, nobody knows.

  • Thanks for sharing the updates! We’ll be having more events in the coming months, lots more advanced notice available. 

    I’d also encourage anyone interested in the project to drop by Indy Hall and check out the drawings and meet some of our community members. Just drop me an email, alex@indyhall.org, and let me know when you’d like to meet!

  • Omp835

    Doesn’t sound like anything new. Sounds like they are building a boarding house. What do the neighbors, er, NIMBY’s think.

    • You could also say that Indy Hall is “just a shared office”, but our community members will tell you for certain it’s not 🙂 check out this rough cut of some member interviews we shot recently: http://www.youtube.com/alexknowshtml#p/a/u/0/p8pRI5AkrOI

      The defining difference between Indy Hall’s coworking space and a “shared office”, and K’House and a boarding house, is community intent. Rather than build around services for transient tenants, we’re focused on helping develop the community elements – most specifically the relationships between the people who share the house as well the community around us. Check out more about what makes cohousing different at https://www.cohousing.org

      As for the neighbors – everyone we’ve met so far has been interested and supportive, especially once meeting some of our crew. We’ll be pretty active over the next 6 months in the neighborhood – from helping with tree-plantings and other neighborhood projects to organizing some more of our own events. This whole project hinges on being really great neighbors, both inside the house and in the community within which we’re building.

  • Brian Marsh

    Intent & usage is what makes it innovative!  This project is sure to have an immediate and positive impact on the neighborhood (this goes for any neighborhood, really).  Very cool.

    • Thanks Brian! You nailed it with “intent”.

      Hope you’d join us at an upcoming event. Feel free to drop me a line with any questions or ideas!

  • Dale Dragon Ensign

    oh, I ride my bike up past that on the way home every day after work.  Sounds like a really cool idea, lets get more of them!

  • Jbrooksmeister

    Great idea for Philly.  Make sure interested folks read Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities by Kathryn McCamant and Chuck Durrett so that everyone starts off on the same page.