When we last visited the 2300 block of Federal Street a few years back, we told you about some renovation activity on the south side of the block, close to 23rd Street. In the time since then, some of that work progressed to a logical conclusion, while other work sadly stalled out. It seems likely though, that any work that's now interrupted will eventually get finished. Such is the nature of development in Point Breeze these days.
At the time of our last visit, we also drew your attention to a former church on the northwest corner of the intersection. At the time, 1144 S. 23rd St. was seemingly sitting vacant, with L&I sealing the side door after a slew of violations. When we passed by the property over the weekend, the building was clearly getting some work done, so we figured we'd look into the situation.
Developers bought the building less than a year ago, paying $85K for the privilege. According to the permits on the property, they're now doing some minor alterations including drywall, painting, and so forth. Oddly, the property is listed for sale for $165K, with the listing indicating that the building would be great to demolish and replace with a three unit condo building. While it's true that this would likely be a lucrative approach, the likelihood of convincing the near neighbors that this single-family zoned property should be converted into a triplex seems incredibly remote.
Perhaps the ongoing construction is an indication that the developers intend to preserve the former church and convert it into one of the more unique homes in the neighborhood? We wouldn't complain, we've always fancied this building.