North Second Street Getting Some New Mixed-Use Buildings

A week and a half ago, we told you about plans for a new apartment building on the northwest corner of 2nd & Wildey, on a long-vacant Northern Liberties lot. Today, we look less than a block to the south to share news of a new building that's under construction, another that started and stopped, and finally, a building that just got approvals last week.

Zoning notice and construction on 2nd St.

Let's start at the south, shall we? 946-48 N. 2nd St. was previously home to a pair of unfortunate old buildings, seemingly sitting vacant for many years. Borkson Properties bought the parcel last year, demoed the buildings on the site, and are now working their way through construction on a mixed-use building with four residential units and a ground-floor commercial space. According to the developer's website, the units will be offered as condos, with two 2 bedroom units and two 3 bedroom units. Sizes will range from 1,200 – 2,100 sqft.

Immediately to the north, we admit we're a little puzzled about what's going on. At 950-54 N. 2nd St., we told you a couple years ago about a plan replace a one-story garage with a mixed-use building with eight apartments and retail on the first floor. The plan got approval from the ZBA and started construction a few months ago, framing up to the first floor. Something must have gone wrong, as the property got hit with some violations and the first floor framing was taken down. Currently it looks like there's just a foundation at the property, though we suspect construction will start up again soon.

Construction plus a foundation at 946-54 N. 2nd St.

Moving to the north, 966 N. 2nd St. got demolished a couple months ago. This building had been sitting vacant and blighted for as long as we can remember.

966 N. 2nd St. in the past

In its place, there's yet another mixed-use building coming soon. Look for a thirteen unit building with ground floor commercial and eight parking spaces underground. It's unexpected to see a project of this size incorporate underground parking, but that's exactly what's coming. Clearly, it will be a big upgrade over what's been here for so many years. 

966 N. 2nd St. today

The project got approval from the ZBA a week ago, so look for construction to get started sometime soon. Now it's time to wonder what kinds of businesses will be filling these new commercial spaces on the commercial corridor.