A reader shot us an email the other day, wondering what’s going on at 1218 N 30th St., a corner property which recently had its facade removed. Because it’s what we do, we made our way to Brewerytown over the weekend to check it out.

In the past

Current view

As you can see from the liquor license application in the first photo, this space was once home to a bar. According to a listing for the property from back in 2005, a bar made its home here for at least a couple of decades. Names that we found doing some perfunctory online searches included the Sultry Lounge and Dwayne’s Lounge. Apparently the second floor was also a dance venue at some point. Has anyone out there visited this place in any of these incarnations?

Anyway, a new owner stepped in a couple of months ago, purchasing the property for $100K. Not a bad deal at all, considering the location and the rather large size of the building. Permits have been pulled to replace the facade (as you can see in the photo), and to convert the first floor space into professional offices. The second and third floor will each hold one apartment.

Office and apartments coming soon

As we mentioned, this is a great location for a rehab investment, with all sorts of development going on within a couple of blocks. A new supermarket opened just to the west last fall, with a cafe opening across the street a couple of months ago. Also, a number of one-off developments are taking place nearby, on Stiles, Baltz, Girard, and 31st Streets. And with plans to double the number of units at the Lofts at Brewerytown underway at 30th & Master, the neighborhood just continues to improve.

We’ll be interested to see the end result of the rehab at 30th & Stiles, and will be curious to see how the existing building is integrated with the new facade. We’ll check back in a couple of months and let you know what we find there, and if anything interesting is happening nearby.