Society Hill Beverage is getting a roommate, er, nine of them to be exact. Assuming the ZBA says yes, soon they'll have new upstairs neighbors, as developers plan to build an addition on top of the warehouse at 129-43 Washington Ave. that currently houses the beer distributor. Plans are to build a second floor with nine apartment units.
This Queen Village block has seen improvements in recent years. On the south side of the street, a collection of new homes have been built, with the latest phase recently coming to a close. Long abandoned foundations are finally on the way to redevelopment on this block as well. Just next door to Society Hill Beverage, the once bleak looking Sonny's General Auto Repair at 123-29 Washington Ave., is being converted into three homes fronting League Street with garages fronting Washington Avenue. Not the most spectacular improvement, garage to garage, but it's a clear step in the right direction and points to reinvestment along a block in an area that has historically been industrial.
New residents above the distributor will live at the bottom of Queen Village and across the street from Pennsport. They'll be close to a complex of Asian eateries at 6th & Washington, and a ten minute walk to quality meats and vegetables in the Italian Market. There's also a ton of green space nearby.
Parlay these projects with plans for 75 new homes a few blocks away at Columbus & Catharine, toss in plans for nine more homes at 112-20 Christian St., and Queen Village, a neighborhood already considered quite developed, is still growing.