Arthur Faber LLC purchased 922-26 N 17th St., three vacant lots between Cambridge St. and Girard Ave., for $157.5K about a year ago. The property owners went to zoning for a variance to turn the three lots into one, and construct a six-family home at this site. As you can see, things are moving along, albeit a little more slowly than one might expect for a project that went to zoning a year ago.
Located in Francisville, just to the north of Ridge Ave., the project is surrounded by a mix of properties that captures the spirit of this changing neighborhood. Immediately to the north is a small, boarded up home that looks like it was once a pretty little house. Immediately to the west on Cambridge St. are four recently constructed homes, with a large vacant lot next door, ready for the next phase of building. To the south, a vacant lot owned by PHA, two PHA homes, and a beautiful mural. And to the east, Saint Joseph’s, an architecturally disturbing community hospital with a primarily low-income patient population.
Hopefully, as Francisville continues to gentrify, it won’t lose the character that makes it so interesting today.