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New plans for Mt. Sinai include demolition, 95 townhouses

The hopes of renovating the historic Mt. Sinai hospital at 4th and Reed have been all but dashed with a new proposal presented last week by the Concordia Group

The Reed Street side

The Reed Street side

Instead of renovating and utilizing the existing Mt. Sinai hospital structure, the plans now include the demolition of the entire building to make way for 95 townhouses.

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There will be interior courtyards with green space, which can also be accessed by the public .

Concerns from the Dickinson Square West Zoning Board included a lack of landscaping and green space and the design’s lack of cohesion with the neighborhood’s existing row-homes.

The townhouses are going to be federalist-style, wrapped in brick, with an incorporation of brownstone on the first-level of some homes.

Mt. Sinai

A look at the proposed exteriors of the townhouses.

Originally, Mt. Sinai was to be renovated into upwards of 200 apartments.

What do you think of the new plans for Mt. Sinai?

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22 Responses to New plans for Mt. Sinai include demolition, 95 townhouses

  1. NEMESIS March 9, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    Hopefully these will all be market rate housing?

  2. Big Fan March 9, 2015 at 10:24 am #

    Think this will really help bring this area together. Right now it seems like a huge impediment to development (and is an eyesore at the very least). Also much better than the beach-house style houses that were proposed earlier.

  3. Samantha March 9, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    The houses will be priced between $450,000 – $550,000.

    • cro burnham March 10, 2015 at 10:05 am #

      How about putting a porn store or needle clinic and a gravel parking lot there? Your taxes will go down and have plenty of parking.

      Or better you could move to Pennsauken which has all the crappy parking and crappy low vakue suburban land use your tiny brain could dream of.

    • What? March 10, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

      What on Earth are you talking about? This is a good thing – keep up being a regular Negadelphian.

    • derek March 13, 2015 at 11:48 am #

      Less parking! Less parking! Squawk! Squawk!

  4. KRC March 9, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    Too bad this is going to be all residential. We could really use some mixed-use projects that include some retail/commercial spots in Pennsport!

    • lauren March 10, 2015 at 6:49 am #

      I totally agree that’s what I was hoping for n

    • blubber March 30, 2015 at 1:46 am #

      I couldn’t agree more. Pennsport is lacking a good hub to draw you in like Passyunk.

  5. Knock it down March 9, 2015 at 10:58 am #

    Awesome! This would be a hugh change moving this wonderful neighborhood forward with modern change, safer streets and attracting more and more people to dickinson narrows!

  6. Neighbor March 9, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    The current property is not “historic”. It opened in 1905. The Art Deco facade is wonderful and some of that can be removed and preserved for other projects. Its just an old, abandoned building that has been an eyesore for almost 20 years! Historic is a place where history happened, where events occured that have transcended time. This is just a hospital that is dragging an improving hood down with its ugly, unwelcoming presence. Knock it down and bring LIFE back to the neighborhood. Improve south philly and continue to build the new philadelphia, a place where families and young people want to remain!

    • Anthony March 15, 2015 at 11:03 pm #

      Historic yes, the original building. Lots of us were born there :-)

  7. K March 9, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    i just hope it happens. Tear down that building and raise my property value!

  8. Brian M. March 9, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

    Yes, mixed use would be much more exciting here with all of that land. I’m envisioning some sort of interior walk, or promenade geared towards the neighborhood, with some light retail, gym, etc and dropping the Federalist style housing in favor of something that doesn’t try to mimic historic architectural trends on the cheap. Oh, and maybe a bit more density than 95 units.

  9. cro burnham March 10, 2015 at 10:07 am #

    Yup, this not bad but mixed use would be best.

  10. Karl March 10, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    I think it should be made into affordable housing. It is only fair that everyone gets to live in this up and coming area. It would be a great way to spread the culture and diversity that this city is made of. I think bringing in low income owners or even renters would make them feel great about the area and contribute to the success!

  11. Jamie March 10, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    The plans remind me of the gated communities built in Society Hill and Queen Village in the 1980s and 90s. The public green space will not be made available for the entire neighborhood. Very disappointing use of land.

    • Jamie March 10, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

      To further clarify my comment on the green space, I highly doubt the owners of these houses will welcome or allow neighbors to us the space.

      • Lionheart March 10, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

        Will be littered with yuppi dog poo why anyone would want to use it when there are two beautiful and underused parks nearby is beyone me.

  12. Larry March 10, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    Any development is better than the status quo. That has been a blighted eyesore for too many years now. Yes, I agree that mixed-use development would be the highest and best use. The immediate area can use some light retail and new restaurants. It would help make the surrounding blocks a more vibrant, bustling, walkable neighborhood. I don’t know if that is feasible in a single family townhouse-style development. It would be more appropriate for a high-rise mixed use residential/commercial building which doesn’t seem to be in the plans.

    All in all, I think we all hope this site is developed as soon as possible. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it finally gets done.

  13. Michael March 14, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    How boring! This parcel has the potential to be the piazza of the south or a similar marvel of mix use. Th neighborhood needs more business and this space could afford that to truly make Dickinson Narrows one of the city’s most up and coming neighborhoods. However, this proposal is too safe, too bland, and adds nothing to the area. Politicians, if you’re listening, please push for more out of this valuable space.

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