For some time, 3827 Hamilton St. was a fenced-in vacant lot. The folks who own it have had it since 2007, and own several rental properties in the area. In 2012, they decided to redevelop the property, and got a variance from the ZBA to build a three-unit building. Within the last few months, work got underway on a new structure. But a week and a half ago, the building, still being framed out, collapsed. Passing by over the weekend, we discovered a site that's still in need of significant cleanup.
This building was going up a few doors down from another project we've previously covered. In the fall, a new twelve-unit building finished up, replacing an old warehouse. We would imagine that the place is full of students at this point.
Around the corner on Lancaster Avenue, twenty-two more units on coming soon. We last checked in on 3862-68 Lancaster Ave. back in December, before groundbreaking on the three-story building. Now it seems it's fully framed out.
Hopefully, the collapsed building will soon be cleaned up and (re)built, and join the parade of new student housing in the area. Though given the unusual nature of a collapsed building that's under construction, we will speculate that insurance conversations could tie up the property for at least a little while. Does anyone in the area have any insight into how this building fell down? Can anyone think of any other infill properties to collapse like this while still under construction?