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A couple months back, we told you about the impending redevelopment of the Lincoln Apartments Building at 1222 Locust St., with construction expected to begin in the springtime. While we were over there, snapping photos of the handsome yet neglected building, a vacant commercial space next door at 1234 Locust St. caught our eye. This space is part of the building that houses the the Independent, a twenty-four room boutique hotel.

Mike Stollenwerk, who arrived on the local scene in 2007 when he took over Little Fish, has been moving at a frenetic pace recently, opening Fish and Fathom Seafood House in the past two years, and apparently opening a larger Fish in the near future. He has another project coming down the pike, and this time he'll be making his magic happen in Brewerytown. The new space at 2617-19 W Girard Ave. is gigantic- you could probably fit five Little Fishes in the first floor of the building. Stollenwerk will be executing two concepts here- one side will be a sit-down BYOB, and the other side will be a take-out prepared foods market. If this sounds a little high-end for Brewerytown, it's because it is. There's nothing like it in the neighborhood, but Stollenwerk is betting that it's going to work.

He's getting nothing but encouragement from the developers of the property, MM Partners, who have been extremely active redeveloping properties in Brewerytown over the past several years. Most of their past projects have similarly been rehabs of buildings on Girard Ave., but they've more recently begun working on individual new construction houses as well as larger-scale modular development, like the upcoming North 28.