Earlier this year, we told you that lumber yard J.T. Riley Lumber Co. had closed its doors at 3rd & Girard and that the massive property was for sale. It seems it didn't take long for a buyer to step forward, and now a major mixed-use project with fifty-three new apartments and ground-floor retail is planned for the site.

Current view

The project will mean the demolition of all the buildings currently on the site, and the construction of a five story building fronting Girard Avenue with twenty apartments and 3,100 sqft of commercial space. On 3rd Street and Orianna Street, the building will be flanked by four-story triplexes which will stand in architectural contrast to the Girard building. Thirty-six parking spots are included in the project, though they'll be covered by a second floor courtyard that's accessible to residents. KJO Architecture did the design work on the project- check out these renderings:

Site plan

Rear view shows the parking under the courtyard

Project rendering, view on Girard

Units on Orianna and 3rd St. will look more like townhomes

This area has already seen plenty of redevelopment, and it's kind of crazy to see how much more is coming. Two blocks south near Poplar, at 836-50 N. 3rd St., there are plans to demolish a shopping center replace it with twenty-six homes and retail. Just north of Girard Ave., SoKo Lofts and Liberty Square are mixed-use projects that will mean hundreds of new units, provided they get off the ground. Last spring, a new dentist occupied a formerly vacant storefront at 246 W Girard. It's like Girard Avenue and its mixed-use opportunities are the final act in the redevelopment narrative of Northern Liberties. And it's an important chapter in the South Kensington story too.