Our partner site Pennsporter reports that the wall fell down Friday while the building, at 2nd and Wharton, was being demolished. Power in the area was knocked out when debris struck overhanging electrical wires, causing a transformer explosion.
Developer Magdim Inc. is planning 43 apartments in a development that will encompass the entire south side of the 2400 block of Ellsworth Street, in the shadow of the deteriorating train trestle that runs down 25th Street.
The brick building will house the apartments
Magdim’s marketing manager, Michael Mauro tells us the building will also include room for 30 parking spaces and indoor bike parking. There will also be 37 storage units in the garage area and a roof deck with what will probably be some kick-ass views of the skyline.
The South Broad Street Neighbors Association hosted city health officials and folks from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia last night for a presentation of very early plans for the development that will replace the library at Broad and Morris streets.
From what we can tell from this Daily News story, it doesn’t sound like too much more information was provided than we told you about a couple weeks ago. To recap, here are the basics: Library and rec center will be torn down to make way for a health center, bigger library, better rec center and a CHOP urgent care center all in the same state-of-the-art building.
Greenwich Street is blocked off. Photos courtesy of Jeff Wiesner
The house in the photo above is in danger of collapse because of digging at a lot next door that was to be new construction, Wiesner says.
“Currently the residents are not allowed inside their home until it is considered safe,” he told us yesterday. “They need food, a place to stay, and a change of clothes. In addition to this, we are seeking a structural engineer to help assess the situation.”
Yes, the library at Broad and Morris will be closing some time around the end of the year, but it is only to make way for a bigger, better complex there that will include a library. It just might take a few years.
There is an interesting pocket of South Philly nestled between Pennsport and East Passyunk Crossing. Visit Philly may call it Pennsport, but actually, it’s more of a “no man’s land” when it comes to civic affiliation, as well as residential and commercial development.
That could soon be changing, at least on the development end of things. A new renovation project is taking shape on the corner of 7th and McKean streets.
A one-story building at 1020 Catharine Street is set to be torn down to make way for four townhouses with parking, according to a zoning notice.
The address on the zoning app is actually 801 S. Warnock St.
The current building is fairly unremarkable, though someone with better architectural knowledge would be able to determine whether this would be an example of “midcentury modern.” (Anyone?) The houses replacing it look like they’ll be fairly pretty, though.