Cue the music from Game of Thrones…
We first took you to the intersection of Hope Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue a few years back, when we brought your attention to a castle-like structure which was once a firehouse. Let's call it Kensington Castle from now on, huh? Now we just need a sigil and some words and we'll be in business.
Last year, BMK Homes built the Turner Court project across the street on a parcel that was previously an old warehouse and a vacant lot. We took a look at this project when just two of the homes had been framed out, and now the whole thing is done and it looks like all the homes have sold.
Immediately to the east of Turner Court, there's now a hole in the ground. 1617 N. Hope St. has been an overgrown lot for quite some time, but now, like so many other parcels in this neighborhood, it's getting redeveloped. According to the permits on the site, G8 Life is building a ten-unit building here. We last heard from this developer when we covered an upcoming reuse project on Germantown Avenue.
This project is happening just a few steps from the El, but as several other projects have shown in South Kensington, people don't seem to mind as much as you might think.
And oh by the way, permits were pulled a couple of months ago for a new restaurant at Kensington Castle, which would make this location even more attractive. Has anyone heard any rumors about an operator? Will they exclusively serve squab and mead?