There is an interesting pocket of South Philly nestled between Pennsport and East Passyunk Crossing. Visit Philly may call it Pennsport, but actually, it’s more of a “no man’s land” when it comes to civic affiliation, as well as residential and commercial development.
That could soon be changing, at least on the development end of things. A new renovation project is taking shape on the corner of 7th and McKean streets.
From the looks of city records, this place is going to be split into multiple apartments from the basement on up. The new first floor brick facade and yellow windows give this corner a clean and attention-grabbing bookend that will hopefully spur development, be it residential or commercial, in the surrounding area.
Much better than the busted “before.”
The numerous abandoned lots and houses on McKean Street alone makes you think that there is the potential to develop a linking corridor from Pennsport all the way up to Passyunk Avenue.
One thing is for sure, it’s a welcome sight to the neighborhood and could be a sign that things are starting to turn around.
Here’s one issue with this project, though. It’s not clear on city records how many apartments are getting crammed into the building. Permits for 1939 S. 7th St. say they plan to install six full bathrooms into the building’s 4,200 square feet.
And there’s no civic association that covers the area — Pennsport stops at 4th Street, EPX at 8th and Dickinson Square West only goes as far as Mifflin. So there’s no one to make sure that development doesn’t go all will-nilly around there.
A version of this post, which was done in collaboration with Jim Jennings, appeared on our partner site Pennsporter.