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Developer proposes two buildings with 21 condos at 13th and South

The long-vacant lot at 13th and South streets could see two four-story buildings with a total of 21 condos, 3,000 square feet of retail and 18 parking spaces, one facing South and the other fronting Kater Street

Thanks to the tipsters who sent us these renderings.

Thanks to the tipsters who sent us these renderings.

The developer presented the proposal last night at a Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition meeting. Neighbors were mostly in support of the plan, though some expressed concerns that the design by the architect, Interface Studio, didn’t fit in with the neighborhood, according to meeting attendees who filled us in.

The retail space is expected to be leased as one, two, or three spaces depending on the tenant. The units – some with private “elevettes” – would be priced from $370k to $690K.

The South Street frontage

The South Street frontage

The buildings, just shy of 50 feet, would need several variances, including to allow it to rise past the 38-foot limit in the residential zoning code. To put it in context, these buildings would be taller than the existing residential building at the corner of 13th and Bainbridge, but not as tall as the newer residential building next to it.

The Kater Street side.

The Kater Street side.

Several people who attended said they were glad that something was being done with the vacant lot, and appreciated that it would have both commercial and residential components. Some questioned the design of the building, mainly that it looked out of place. One resident said that “to use a jazz analogy,” you can have different people riff off of the same song and it doesn’t sound exactly the same, “but here it looks like you’re not even playing the same song.”

“I like bricks,” said another.

Interface’s Brian Phillips responded that he loves old brick row homes, but doesn’t see South Street as a continuous row of old brick row homes. It’s very eclectic, with the mosaics of Isaiah Zagar and the varied storefronts. He said they wanted to draw from the energy of South St, but also add to it. The developer’s lawyer said that they were willing to discuss the aesthetics with residents now and throughout the process, but didn’t want to make something that was an imitation of an older style of architecture.

13th and South - site plan

The current state.

The current state.

So, what do you think?

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12 Responses to Developer proposes two buildings with 21 condos at 13th and South

  1. Rika March 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    The proposed building is hella ugly. It looks a failed 1970s trash compacting space station. So over metal siding.

    • ProvWitout March 12, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

      Yes.. No siding in the city… Get it out! Ugly garbage looking weird space dropping.

  2. Andrew March 12, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    Really exceptionally ugly. I salute the developer for proposing something nearly as aesthetically pitiful as everything Bart Blatstein has ever built. Outstandingly horrendous work.

    • ProvWitout March 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm #


  3. Paul March 12, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    I like it. I hope they don’t change a thing.

  4. AnthonyG March 13, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    I miss the old bar that used to be on that corner!

  5. Ben March 13, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    I love the design! Creative and well planned.

    • Brian M. March 13, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

      Agreed wholeheartedly.

  6. Kat March 13, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    AnthonyG, you mean Chester’s Fun Spot. Were you ever there? (I wasn’t but loved that name.)

  7. evenyc March 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    I like it! is different.

  8. Astralmilkman March 14, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    Perhaps it they used some color it wouldn’t be so dam ugly ! Come on people , one must have a dash of color…. Right ? When I’m coming up 95 from center city and see those new town homes being built just east of 95 right past the Ben Franklin , right now they’re wrapped in green I guess barrier paper to seal it up before the final exterior finish…………….. I really love that color ! Why not use it on the exterior ? This design isn’t the worst for south st but it sure would look nicer if they could work some bold colors into it.

    • Paul March 14, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

      Yeah, like fluorescent yellow.

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