As the city slowly recovered from Popamania yesterday, there were relatively few cars on the roads and we felt inspired to make a trip to Fishtown. After snapping some photos of a couple of present and future construction sites and snagging a coffee and a scone at La Colombe, we started making our way home. But we stopped in our tracks when we spotted a demolition notice at 18 W. Girard Ave., a standalone building that was most recently a day care.
Prior to its day care days, the building functioned as a medical office, and perhaps someone who lives in the area knows of its original tenant. Before this little building appeared on the scene, this property was historically a school, though we sadly couldn't find any photos of what was surely a handsome edifice. With parking for eleven cars in the back, the property goes back further than you might expect, with about 7,000 sqft of total space.
Developers purchased the property earlier this year for $750K, but we have no idea what they're planning to do with the property after they demolish the building. The zoning, CMX-3, would allow for a range of projects, from single-family homes to a five-story mixed-use building. With the building half a block from the El and at the beginning of the East Girard commercial corridor, we'd prefer a commercial aspect here, but with the various types of development present in this neighborhood it's impossible to guess what's to come. Has anyone in the neighborhood heard anything about this property?