Back in September, we brought an odd building to your attention in the Loft District. 449 N 13th St. is a new construction building with two condo units that channels the area’s gritty industrial past with bold design choices.


And now, the building immediately to the south, 439-47 N 13th St., looks like its on its way toward redevelopment.

Change is comin'

According to the zoning application, Lofts Development LLC intends to pile two stories on top of the existing building, add bay windows along the 13th St. side and the Hamilton St. side, and create 11 apartment units. The vacant lot next door will contain eight parking spaces.

Future parking lot

This project highlights the increasing desirability of this area. With Prohibition Taproom just up the street, and Cafe Lift just down the street, the residents of these new apartments will have food and drink options very close by. And that’s not mentioning the Trestle Inn a couple of blocks to the east, the Institute a couple of blocks to the north, and all of the newish eating and drinking establishments on Spring Garden St., surrounding Union Transfer.

Now if only the Reading Viaduct could be transformed into our version of the High Line park, this neighborhood would be white hot before you could say ‘Callowhill Reading Viaduct Neighborhood Improvement District.

Let us dream.