The architect for the proposed development at the old Broad Street Armory told a neighbors meeting Tuesday night that the developer plans to tear down the crumbling building and rebuild a modern structure with about 50 apartments and a surface parking lot.
Vince Mancini of Landmark Achitectural Design told us yesterday that the building was in such terrible shape that salvaging it wasn’t feasible. “We really struggled with that decision,” Mancini said. “We have a design with the armory included but it’s in very sad shape.” The developer is Michael Carosella, owner of C&R Building Supply on Washington Avenue.
The plans include 5o apartments in a new, modern building that would rise six floors to 79 feet. The lot behind the 80,000 square foot, L-shaped building would include space for 53 parking spots in a landscaped lot that will be accessed through the current curb cut on Broad Street. That’s where the arched garage is now.
Peter Zutter of the South Broad Street Neighbors Association said that the proposal was well-received. “All in all there was no real opposition,” Zutter told us in an email. “And in the 25 or so years I’ve been doing this, I have never seen a meeting with this many people (about 60) and this large a project go this smoothly.”
“It’s about time one of them went well!” Mancini joked.
Apartments would all be 2-bedroom rentals, from 900 to 1,300 square feet and are preliminarily priced from $1,500 to $2,900 a month, said one neighbor who asked to go by Aaron B.
Some attendees questioned why the building, which will also have indoor bike parking, would need so much parking since it is literally on top of the Broad Street subway.
The building also won’t have any commercial space on the ground floor.
“We didn’t want to compete or take business from existing establishments that are already struggling” Mancini said, noting the proximity to Passyunk Avenue. He also said they wanted control of the design of the ground floor, which they wouldn’t necessarily have with a commercial tenant. The building will be set back from the property line by up to 25 feet to create fenced, lanscaped courtyard along Broad Street.
So, what do you think?
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