Back in May, we told you about the ongoing demolition of the former Mount Olive AME Church, located at the corner of 19th & Fitzwater. The developer, Michael Carosella, is the same guy who built six homes at 20th & Fitzwater after demolishing the Metropolitan AME Church that was previously located there. Those homes sold before they were done being built, with the last (and now completed) one selling for almost $800K.
After the demolition was completed at 19th & Fitz, the lot sat more or less undisturbed for a couple of months, prompting a couple of readers to reach out and ask if the project was perhaps stalled out. We assumed that the developer was simply working to finish the project a block away before committing any more energy to the construction on this site. And with the recent completion of the 20th Street homes, we’ve finally seen action here once more. Last week, we noticed the land being leveled at the bottom of the pit that was left after demo. Today, we swung by and took note that foundations will probably be poured by the end of the week. Footers are in, and form work is surrounding rebar springing from half of them. Take a look:
When these homes go up, they’ll strongly resemble the homes a block to the west, as you can see from this rendering from Harman Deutsch.
Considering that each of these homes will be two feet wider than the homes on 20th St., and will also each include two-car parking, we wouldn’t be surprised to see them listed at around $900K (pure speculation). Will people be willing to pay those prices for these homes in this location? Only one way to find out…