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Changes could be coming to St. Casimir’s Lithuanian Church buildings

A zoning notice recently hung on the former convent of St. Casimir’s Lithuanian Church in Pennsport states that four large apartments are being proposed at 338 Wharton St.

The four apartments are proposed for the building on the right.

The four apartments are proposed for the building on the right.

But that’s not all, the former school located behind the 100-year old  church has also been relisted for sale. If all goes according to plan, it could spell some major changes to the 300 block of Wharton Street.

As for the apartments, Naked Philly reports that the building would be renovated to create four apartments. With nearly 5,000 sq. ft. to work with, they’ll be spacious, to say the least.

324 Wharton St. coming back on the market is interesting, as it is the address for three buildings — the church, the rectory and the former school.  The listing states “the building previously housed St. Casimir’s grade school.”  As far as we could tell, the school property actually sits behind the church on tiny Earp, Orianna and Sears Sts. It doesn’t appear that the rectory fronting Wharton is included as part of the proposed sale.

The new listing, which has an asking price of $1.299M, claims the property is a “shell” and hails it as a “turn-key project” for potential investors due to previous plans already approved by the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

324 Wharton St.

324 Wharton St. is the rectory for St. Casimir’s 

St. Casimir's School on Earp St. located behind 324 Wharton St.

St. Casimir’s School on Earp St. located behind 324 Wharton St.

Those plans called for 19 apartments in the former school — that’s down from the 25 mentioned in a Philadelphia Public Record article from 2011 highlighting near-neighbor opposition to the project. According to the listing, the breakout would look like this: 10 1-bedrooms, seven 2-bedrooms and two 4-bedroom apartments, should the property find a buyer and develop it. Six parking spots and roof deck access would also be included.

We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.

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3 Responses to Changes could be coming to St. Casimir’s Lithuanian Church buildings

  1. Liz Aros October 27, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    Please make it clear that St. Casimir Church and Rectory ARE NOT involved in the plans in your article. The 4 apartments are in the former Convent, which was used as a single family dwelling for quite a few years now. The correct address for the former school, which was sold several years ago, is 333 Earp St. The Church and Rectory will still remain as they are. I am on the parish council, so I would be aware of any changes to the status of the Church. The headline for your article could possibly cause a lot of confusion and angst among the parishioners.

    • James Jennings October 27, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

      Hi Liz,

      Thanks for the update! The property is listed at 324 Wharton St. Is 333 Earp the official address of the school?

      Thanks,
      Jim

      • Liz Aros October 27, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

        Yes, it was subdivided from the Church and Rectory. In fact, the current owners requested the address “333 Earp St.”. When we were in school, the address was 331 Earp.

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