It seems that most of the projects we cover in Pennsport these days are major residential developments. A dozen homes here. Eight homes there. Another ten homes someplace else. But that doesn't mean that smaller projects aren't taking place as well. For example, a reader recently gave us the heads up that a new home was rising at 128 Titan St., which was formerly a vacant lot.
Last week, before the snows
The developers, Pennsport Partners LP, purchased the lot earlier this year for $75K. The home they're building will tower over the surrounding homes it seems, as the framed-out second story is almost as tall as the three-story home next door. This developer is also involved in another project, right across the street.
It was over two years ago that the former St. Clare’s Monastery was demolished at the corner of Corinthian & W Girard, with plans for some big new buildings to be constructed on the site. Though the developer demolished the old and handsome structures, we learned that they would be reusing the Monastery facade for the new development. We got renderings from YCH Architects that showed how the old facade would be incorporated into the new project.
In the past
Rendering of the buildings fronting Girard Ave.
In case you don't remember, the plan here is for
the construction of seven new duplexes fronting Corinthian and a row of eight duplexes immediately behind those structures. Here, check out the look of the buildings that will be fronting Corinthian:
A few weeks ago, we told you about a new home replacing a long-vacant lot on the 1900 block of Christian Street. At the time, some commenters noted that the house would either be shorter than its neighbors or taller, with the possible addition of a fourth story. With framing complete, we can confirm that a fourth story ain't coming any time soon.
Few weeks back
Same house, viewed from the west
We wonder, why in the world would these builders opt to go so much shorter than the homes next door? On a block that has a largely intact run of cornice lines, this property sticks out like a sore thumb. Kind of a shame, if you ask us.
A reader tipped us off the other day that a foundation has appeared at a long vacant lot at the southwest corner of Uber & Brown. This corner has been vacant for quite some time, and we understand a single family home will soon be rising here.
The parcel was purchased back in 2009 by Boris Grinberg, who has tried to sell it for $100K in the past couple of years. No idea whether Grinberg is the one building the home, or whether he's sold it to someone and the transaction just hasn't shown up in public record. Whether it's him or somebody else, it's certainly good news to see that this lot is being filled in.
And it doesn't come as any kind of surprise, considering all the development that's taken place or is yet to come within a block or two of here. You may recall, a new home was built catty corner to this spot over the course of this year, essentially eliminating Winding Roses Park. Notice, it seems the new owner is moving in.
For years, the vacant corner building at 1900 Christian St. stood as a sentry for two undeveloped lots next door. One of the lots, 1902 Christian St., had been owned by the City since 1984, which explained why it sat empty for so many years. 1904 Christian St., on the other hand, was privately owned, ostensibly by extreeeeemely patient developers. The property was purchased in 1987 for $6,500.
Two summers back
In 2011, Metroimpact was able to purchase one of those lots from the City, and constructed a three-unit condo building. The units were sold out by the summer of 2012. And by the time that building was finished, a Doors & Windows violation had inspired the owners of the corner property to pretty it up just a smidge.
Though we told you about the project about half a year ago, we don't think construction has been going on for much more than a couple of months. Clearly, the developers are looking to put Pathmark out of business as quickly as possible.
It's a shame, really. Hopefully, both markets will be able to coexist successfully. We just aren't sure how.
In the southeastern section of the southwestern part of Center City (got that?), several small streets run north-south between Carpenter Street and Washington Avenue. We confess, we don't often find ourselves on any of these blocks, but they too are seeing their fair share of development these days. For example, the 1000 block of South Bouvier Street is populated by a mix of older and newer homes, and is currently seeing a long-vacant lot finally filled with a new home.
In the past
Connor Dev LLC bought 1014 S. Bouvier St. earlier this year for $155K, and are now building a single family home on the lot. Newer homes on this block have sold for over $300K this year, which is probably the targeted price for this home. In case you're wondering why the prices are not higher, these lots are only 40' deep, resulting in shallower-than-usual homes.
Over the last year or so, one intersection in Francisville has provided us with so much material we ought award it the Naked Philly MVP. But all good things must come to an end, as now a whole fistful of projects focused around the vortex of 19th & Poplar have come to their completion.