A couple months back, we drew your attention to a little two-home development on the 2200 block of S. 6th Street, across from Mifflin Square. We commented that we don’t typically write about projects of this size, but justified the worthiness of the post due to the location, south of Snyder Avenue and on the Whitman/Lower Moyamensing border. The fact is, we don’t see a ton of construction in this part of town, so even a small sized development warrants mention.

New construction at 6th & Tree

And this brings us to another small development that’s a mere stone’s throw away from the aforementioned project. 2219 and 2221 S. 6th St. were, like the other property, sitting vacant for a long time. These lots were similarly zoned for single-family use, but the developers went to the ZBA to get a variance to build duplexes here. As you might expect, we’re as pleased as usual to see some additional density, but even if these were single family homes, we’d be delighted to see the long vacant lots get developed. Speaking of long vacant lots, another project sprung up a little over a year ago at 2232 S. 6th St., offering some rather unique design elements for the area.

New home down the street
Progress for the homes across from Mifflin Square

Meanwhile, the homes across from Mifflin Square which we covered earlier this summer are progressing. Even though they rise three stories on a block dominated by two-story homes, they fit the context of their surroundings better than the home in the image above. Not that we consider that to be especially important on South Philly row home blocks, but it’s true nevertheless.

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Weinberg Park, just to the north

To make one more observation, since we’re here- Weinberg Park is a nice little green space in an area that’s already got a sizable green space in Mifflin Square. This little triangular park, formed by the intersection of 6th Street, Jackson Street, and Moyamensing Avenue, was once the site of the Ideal Theatre. That building is long gone, but the little park will surely be an “ideal” spot for people who eventually move into these new homes to enjoy a little more grass and shade in the neighborhood. Ah, that was awful- please feel free to disregard that last sentence.