About a month ago, we had a brief post about the large, dilapidated warehouse on the 900 block of Frankford Avenue. At the time, we noted that developer Michael Samschick of Core Realty had purchased the property, and that plans could soon be forthcoming to improve this unfortunate eyesore that seemed full of potential.


According to Planphilly, the cat emerged from the bag last week, when Samschick presented plans for the building to the Fishtown Neighbors Association Zoning Committee. Apparently, the developer intends to create an exciting concept in this space which will include a music venue for 3,000, two restaurants, a distillery, and a (possibly slightly redundant) bowling alley. In addition, Samschick hopes to establish a country & western venue in a former dry ice building around the corner, which is actually a little tricky to distinguish from the larger warehouse building. A few hundred parking spots for both buildings will be made available under I95.

Get ready to do-si-do next to a highway onramp?

It’s really excellent to hear about these plans, which would not only provide something new and different to Fishtown but would also provide a greater link between the neighborhood and the waterfront. If you’re curious, additional details will be revealed at the Fishtown Neighbors Association public zoning meeting next week on September 11th, at 7pm, at the First Presbyterian Church of Kensington on Girard Avenue.

We don’t know if the community will support the proposal, or how it may change between now and when it’s executed, but we really appreciate Mr. Samchick’s moxie, and willingness to dream big.