About two years ago, we brought 1036-38 N. 4th St. to your attention, lamenting the presence of this large, empty building in a wonderful part of Northern Liberties. We noted that the building, which stretched all the way back to Leithgow Street, had gone to sheriff's sale in 2012 but the owners entered into a payment plan, staying the sale. At the time, we predicted that a developer would purchase the property and convert it into loft apartments, similar to a project that fell through over a decade ago.
Not even a year later, we learned that Callahan Ward was meeting with the community with a plan to demolish the old building and construct three new homes in its place. After a couple of tries with the NLNA zoning committee, the developers got neighborhood support and ultimately approval from the ZBA. It's no surprise that these developers, who have built several other projects in the neighborhood, were able to craft a project that the community was able to get behind.
The project, as we detailed previously, calls for one home on 4th Street, one home at the corner of Leithgow & George, and another on Leithgow Street, all designed by KJO Architecture. Let's check in on their progress, shall we?
You can see, the home on 4th Street is pretty far along, at least on the outside. The corner home is a bit behind, with bricks and sheathing still getting installed. The final home on Leithgow Street is just now getting framed. The home on 4th Street, which will have non-enclosed parking, rises only three stories, while the other two homes include garage parking and rise four stories. The odd shape of the parcel forced the architects to get rather creative in laying out the project, with three uniquely designed homes.
If the all the homes aren't already presold, we suspect they'll get snatched up rather quickly. The combination of size, location, and parking aren't necessarily rare in the neighborhood these days, but they remain very much in demand.