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Progress on multiple fronts

Ah, 6th & Passyunk. Where Queen Village meets Bella Vista. Home to Shot Tower Coffee. Next to a triangular patch of ground that might be redeveloped someday or might sit fallow for many years to come. And right between two ongoing residential projects. We've covered both of them in the past, but each are ripe for an update.

Current view of former Goldstein's

Closer look

A little over a year ago, we told you that Goldstein's Men's and Boy's Apparel was moving from their longtime home at 807 S. 6th St., and developers were planning three new homes on this oddly angled property. We expected that this would entail the demolition of the existing building, though, not the renovation we see in the images above. Whoops. According to the listing,floorplans are fluid and can accommodate between 4 bedrooms and 6 bedrooms (for those of you with extra large families). Three bathrooms and about 3,000 sqft of living space are a little more set in stone. All this can be yours for a mere $870K! The facades will be a contemporary transformation of the building, which we believe dates back to the 1970s.

You get a dollar if you can point it out on the map

Here's a test, to see if you were paying attention a couple years ago. Who can tell us where to find Erdman Street? No cheating.


Oof, nobody? Okay, we'll tell you again, but this is the last time.

There's Erdman Street

Erdman Street is a tiny alleyway in Francisville that's only accessible from Perkiomen Street. When we last visited this block, it looked like garbage, strewn with trash and overgrown with all kinds of weeds.

A couple years ago

We brought the block to your attention back then because we had learned that a developer had purchased some land on the block. The developer, David Champagne, had built other homes in the neighborhood and was planning to move lot lines around to build a quartet of homes. It turns out, Champagne simply took the properties through permitting and then sold them to a different developer about a year ago. The listing for the lots included an elevations drawing from Plumbob which showed some nice looking contemporary homes.

Elevations drawing from when the lots were sold

Checking in on the block today, we can see that things are much improved. Also, the four new homes are progressing well.

And it could keep the theatre in its current location

Roughly two months ago, we shared the news that a demolition notice had appeared on the large warehouse on the northwest corner of 13th & Reed. This building has had several uses over the years, including auto repair and mummer equipment storage, but it's most prominently known as the home of theater company Theatre Exile. We were concerned about the future of the theater company with the approaching demolition of the building, and were cheered to learn that Theatre Exile was planning to move to a new and undetermined location after this season.

View from a few months back

We knew that the building would be demolished, but didn't know exactly what would be rising in its place. The developers pulled a permit for the new project that was short on some details, only indicating that the new owners were planning a by-right project. Sometime in the last couple months though, those plans changed, as the developers are now seeking to build a project that will require a variance. The project came before the community this week, and a meeting attendee was kind enough to share some details and a few photos of what we can expect. Check 'em out:

Seven homes with parking will be finished later this year

We don't find ourselves reporting on too many projects in Fairmount, mostly because there aren't all that many projects to cover. A mature neighborhood, Fairmount has its share of rehabs and the occasional one-off project, but there haven't been many projects sizable enough for us to cover over the years. In fact, this is our first Fairmount post of 2017 and we're more than a third of the way through the year. So let's get on with it, shall we?

We first brought the northeast corner of Taney & Brown to your attention back in 2012, pointing out a seemingly vacant building on the corner, some rough looking garages around the back, and a blighted and vacant building next door on Taney Street. We told you that the same party owned all of these buildings and that they owed back taxes, and we were hopeful that they would eventually sell to developers.

A few years ago

In 2015, the owners demolished all the buildings on their property and at some point they posted a small sign advertising that the property was available for sale.

New construction surely to follow, with renovation next door

Anyone that has spent any kind of time meandering through South Philly knows that South Broad Street is home to a number of striking buildings, some of which are still in pretty good shape despite the passage of time. The Historical Commission agrees with our assertion, and in 2014 crafted a memo that calls out a few dozen properties on South Broad Street that could be considered contributing to a "residential thematic district." 1316 S. Broad St. was among the properties on that list, and if you ever saw the building, you could understand why it would draw admiration from the Historical Commission.

In the past

Notice that we used the past tense there, because the building is no longer there. We passed by the property earlier today and discovered that the building has been demolished and 1318 S. Broad St. has been gutted. What happened?