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Long-vacant lot at 13th and South headed for development

UPDATE: The developer presented plans on March 11 for 1240-1252 South St.. Check out the renderings and details here.

A developer is scheduled to unveil plans next month for a mixed-used building for 1240-52 South St., a lot that has been vacant so long that the mural on the neighboring Harry’s Occult Shop has become a South Street icon.

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Harry's Occult Shop

The Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition is set to hear a proposal on March 11 for a mixed-use building with ground floor retail and residential above. Zoning chair Ari Seraphin said the builder is asking to build five stories to 50 feet, exceeding the permitted height of 38 feet.

The sketches show a modern building with large glass windows and accented and articulated metal panels, he said.

We haven’t been able to get our hands on the renderings just yet, but we’re on it. It’s not clear yet if they already have specific plans for the retail, but maybe this development will finally get something going in the dilapidated corner across 13th:

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3 Responses to Long-vacant lot at 13th and South headed for development

  1. Joseph DiDIo February 26, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    Good to hear. We should strive to have no empty lots in Philadelphia. Especially in our Center City area.

  2. E. Shackamoosa Barryshango March 7, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

    Bring back Chester’s Fun Spot!

  3. Brett March 12, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    The Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition posted a rendering of the project on their Instagram account:

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