south philly mansions

If only someone would develop the parking lot next door

We've gone past 35 N. 2nd St. a number of times over the last month, each time meaning to pause for a minute to peer at the zoning notice posted on the front, but always in too much of a hurry. Finally, we took a minute yesterday to look at the zoning notice on this vacant building, which was previously home to I. Miller Microscopes for a very long stretch. Developers bought the building about a year ago, paying $800K for the property.

View from the north

Looking at the zoning notice, we see that those developers have plans to build an addition on the building and intend to maintain the ground floor commercial space while creating ten apartments on the upper floors. The minutes from their presentation to the Historical Commission provide additional detail, indicating that they'll build out the rest of the third floor and construct a fourth floor as well, leaving a 25' break in the middle of the building on the fourth floor, ostensibly to accommodate deck space and to provide additional light to the upper units. According to the zoning application, which got approval last month from the ZBA, they don't yet have a tenant in place for the retail space. It's a safe bet that the microscope store, which has moved to the 'burbs, won't be making a comeback here.

A reader tipped us off about some new construction on the 100 block of Pierce St., and we discovered two other noteworthy subjects when we trekked down there.

There's a zoning application at 150 Pierce St. that indicates plans for a new single family home that's replacing a two story building that previously occupied that lot. We imagine the next door neighbors will be happy to see this home get built.

Tarp has to go

Meanwhile, at 122 Pierce St., a new single family home is well on its way, with framing complete and work progressing. Developer Emerald Properties purchased the lot for $57K about a year ago, and the three story home looks like it's a few months away from completion. Architecturally, this home should be pretty unique for this block in terms of height and shape. This home was, by the way, the new construction that our reader tipped us off about.