brewerytown square

Westrum back at it in Brewerytown

We'd argue that the two biggest developments in Brewerytown in the last decade are Brewerytown Square, a collection of townhomes built by Westrum before the recession, and Bottom Dollar Food, a grocery store that opened just a couple of years ago. When we were in the neighborhood the other day, traveling down 31st Street, we discovered a construction site at 3100 W. Thompson St., right in between the two.

Construction site behind Bottom Dollar
Brewerytown Square across the street

Doing a little digging, we quickly learned that the construction site is a new effort by Westrum to develop residential units in Brewerytown. Dubbed 31 Brewerytown, the project will include 2 three-story buildings, each with 32 rental apartment units. The units will start at $1,200/month, but will have high end features and finishes like granite countertops, stainless appliances, washer/dryer, and keyless entry (like a car!). Many of the units will have balcony space. Parking will also be available for some tenants, with private garages available for another $75/month. Check out the renderings:

We've passed by 2940 W. Thomson St. numerous times over the years, often wondering what purpose it once served and when it was last in use. Earlier this year, we noticed a 'For Sale' sign on the building, but never bothered to look into it, thinking it was snatched up the day after the sign went up. Seems we were mistaken.

The building

The property has been owned by PHDC since 1983, and was listed for sale in February for $130K. While that may seem like a strong price point for a building in Brewerytown, the dimensions of the lot make it a very attractive real estate investment. Checking in at 118' by 66', the lot could easily accommodate seven single family homes or a more creative multi-unit development. Or a combination of the two. Somehow, the building sat on the market for four months and was then taken off.

Almost a whole year ago, we updated you on the construction progress of a new construction home on the corner of 31st & Baltz, which at the time was across the street from a vacant lot that would supposedly someday become a supermarket. At the time, we also mentioned that a run-down mixed-use property with some lovely bones, located immediately to the south, had recently gone before the ZBA with a proposal to open a cafe.

In the past

Now, here we stand, a year later. The home on the northeast corner is finished. A giant orange pig sits on the roof of a newly opened Bottom Dollar. And iMunch, the cafe that we told you about way back when, looks like it should be opening sometime soon. Aside from the name and the tagline 'Imbibe, Imagine, Inspire,' we don't know much about this new establishment.