A reader reached out the other day, having spied zoning notices at 1172-74 S. Broad St. and wondering what's afoot. This building was home to a car dealership back in the day, and the rear of the property has been a dialysis center for the last few years. The front section of the building was for lease a couple years back, with Always Best Care Senior Services opening last year at some point.
Though the building is fully leased, it wouldn't have been a shock to learn that developers had stepped in with plans to demolish the building or build apartments above the existing structure. This section of South Broad Street has seen some new development in recent years, like the commercial renovation/addition across the street and the Armory apartment building a block to the south. And there's more coming, like the mixed-use project planned up the street next door to Papa Johns. And oh yeah, maybe something will happen someday at Broad & Washington.
So… what can we expect here? Sadly, nothing much. The zoning notices are just an effort by the Always Best people to legalize their terrible signage. No demolition, no addition, no changes at all, actually. But like we said, given the environment these days on South Broad Street, it certainly seemed like a reasonable possibility.