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Huge Moyamensing lot finally to get redeveloped into 15 homes?

A large sign created quite a buzz when it suddenly popped up Friday afternoon inside the vacant lot at Moyamensing Avenue and Moore Street.  It’s the site of the previously proposed Moyamensing Estates, and the land had been back on the market since June of last year.

The sign, boasting “pre-construction pricing,” shows a 15-home development called Moyamensing Place and looks to be the most recent incarnation of hope for a long-vacant corner of Pennsport. Even today, only the newly placed sign, a derelict, graffiti-tagged delivery truck and some other random piles of trash are housed on the lot.

Stark contrast between new hope and forgotten "progress" at Moyamensing Ave. and Moore St. (Photo: James Jennings)

Stark contrast between new hope and forgotten “progress” at Moyamensing Ave. and Moore St. (Photo: James Jennings)

The pre-construction pricing for the 15 three-story town homes for the next 60 days is $419,000, said Matthew Milano, the listing agent with Coldwell Banker Preferred. They’ll be 2,400 sq. ft. with three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and a garage, built by Design Builders.

Milano said they have received one deposit already: “We are very excited about this project.”

Renderings of Moyamensing Place are not currently available but you may recall that Moyamensing Estates called for a gated community of 15 town homes on this lot:


Previous renderings of Moyamensing Estates (via Center City Team)

For the new project five houses will face Pierce Street, six will face Moore Street, and four will front Moyamensing Avenue. “All the plans have already been approved by the zoning board,” mentioned Milano. “So we will not be going for any variances.”

Pennsport has seen a recent flurry of development action that involved large, expensive town homes. Metropolis at 2nd and Wharton St., which recently started phase two of construction, has its four story units listed over $500,000.

- James Jennings is the founder of the blog Pennsporter — a site dedicated to exploring the neighborhood  from Washington to Snyder, the Delaware to Fourth.

Truck and trash, note the upside down sign for "Moyamensing Estates" (Photo: Ryanne Jennings)

Truck and trash, note the upside down sign for “Moyamensing Estates” (Photo: Ryanne Jennings)

CORRECTION: This post has been updated from an earlier version to note that the homes are being offered by Design Builders.


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9 Responses to Huge Moyamensing lot finally to get redeveloped into 15 homes?

  1. Dan P. March 25, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    His language seems a little imprecise. If there’s no need for variances, wouldn’t that mean there wouldn’t be anything for the zoning board to approve? Must have meant that the plans were already improved by L&I. Or am I missing something?

    • Parker March 27, 2014 at 5:37 am #

      a variance would be a grant from the zoning board to do something against current zoning, such as building a skyscraper in a residential area. you would not need a variance if your plans match the current zoning regulations. you would just need to submit your plans to the board and receive approval.

      • Dan P. March 27, 2014 at 10:04 am #

        Just so I’m clear. I thought you only appealed to the Zoning Board if the plans you submit to L&I are rejected because they don’t conform with the zoning code. If they conform, then the ZBA doesn’t get involved at all. You’re saying that if what I want to do complies with the zoning code I still need to submit to the ZBA for approval?

  2. ProvWitout March 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    This is excellent news! I personally think “gated community” style homes cause people to detach themselves from the goings on of the rest of the neighborhood… But this space has been a waste for far too long. They’ll also have their own parking spaces. So its a relief to neighbors. Looks great! Lets get it built!

    • Pennsporter March 25, 2014 at 1:47 pm #


      To clarify, those renderings are for Moyamensing Estates, a previous proposal for this lot. We’ll have the renderings for you as soon as they’re available.

      - Jim

      • ProvWitout March 25, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

        Oh. Cool.

  3. SouthPhillyBlond March 28, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    Are these the same builders of the gated community near Goretti? They also built the Emily Townhomes on Emily St. near 11th. All of those homes are also 3 bedroom with 2.5 baths and a garage. They had something planned for that spot back in 2012…but haven’t heard much since.

  4. pennsportprivateeye March 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    Something is wrong here! I know one of the property owners and he has not sold this set of properties at Moyamensing and Moore sts. Very problematic especially if Matt Milano took a deposit for properties that are not for sale. Here comes a major investigation….don’t deposit. Anything here. When the dust settles you will see that this Milano guy cannot sell properties that belong to another person. Not even in South Philadelphia!,,

  5. lifetimeSp March 28, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    These properties are owned by Infinity Properties LLC and I know that at least one of the major partners has not sold ANYTHING relative to these properties. Taking deposits on properties that don’t belong to you is a major No-No!! It’s amazing how a story can be written don one checked the facts. mr. Milano has collected a deposit on property not for sale by the current owners….

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