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Construction about to begin on Armory’s replacement at 1221 S. Broad St.

A permit has been granted for the first step in construction of the 50-unit apartment building coming to 1221 S. Broad St., the former site of the Broad Street Armory.

The replacement. This rendering is a bit out of date, but you get the idea.

The replacement. This rendering is a bit out of date, but you get the idea.

The Armory building was demolished in the fall, and a backhoe has been sitting in the hole for months. Now that the weather has cleared up, construction can get going. The permit allows the foundation to be laid for “a proposed six-story mixed use building,” according to city records.

Other building permits will still need to be granted, but this does signal that work is imminent.

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Store closing presents big (& tall) opportunity for Broad Street

Torre Big and Tall, the men’s store next to the upcoming apartment building that’s replacing the former Broad Street Armory, is closing up shop after more than 30 years on the 1200 block of South Broad Street.

A Streetview screen grab from 2011, when the armory was still around

A Streetview screen grab from 2011, when the armory was still around

Owner Mark Rosenfeld told the Inquirer that he wanted to focus on his family after losing his wife of 32 years. He plans to put the building up for rent or sale when the shop closes sometime this spring.

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Spotted: Armory hole. So snowy.

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This lonely backhoe (bulldozer? frontloader?) sits in the hole that once was the Broad Street Armory, which, as you can see, is now gone to make way for a new 50-unit apartment building.

Armory hole- small

Can you believe it’s been nearly a year since we reported that apartments would be coming to this site? Man, these things move slowly.

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G’bye, Frank. Armory building’s facade is officially coming down

The demolition of the Broad Street Armory, which actually began more than a month ago on the rear of the building, is now apparent on the Broad Street side. And it’s not long before the upper half of the Frank Sinatra mural goes the way of Ol’ Blue Eyes himself.

Armory demolition (3)

As you may already know, the Armory at 1221 S. Broad St. is being torn down to make way for a 50-unit apartment building by developer Michael Carosella and designed by Vincent Mancini of Landmark Architects.

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Armory’s replacement now includes commercial space; developer to present tomorrow

UPDATE: Demolition has begun on the old Armory, with heavy machinery taking down the rear of the building before the facade, for now. Plan Philly reports that the debris is being trucked out the back via Juniper Street, and that the demo effort will take until November to finish.


 

The developer behind the 50-unit apartment building proposed to replace the old Broad Street Armory – which should be coming down any day now – will go back before the South Broad Street Neighbors Association tomorrow night for a formal presentation.

This rendering is now a bit out of date

This rendering is now a bit out of date

The first meeting in February was an informational “prerefusal” presentation in which developer Michael Carosella and architect Vincent Mancini of Landmark Architects sought feedback from neighbors. The duo has since revised their plan to include a commercial space on the first floor, which several attendees indicated they wanted.

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Broad Street Armory to be demolished as early as this week

The long history of the Broad Street Armory at 1221 S. Broad St has nearly come to an end.

Because of another partial roof collapse, the building has been deemed unsafe and will be demolished as early as this week, according to an email from the attorney for the developer, Michael Carosella, owner of C&R Building Supply on Washington Avenue.

Pic from Hidden City

Pic from Hidden City

Though the latest roof collapse may have sped up the timeline, the building was going to be torn down anyway to make way for a new building with 50 apartments, designed by  Landmark Achitectural Design. Continue Reading →

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Broad Street Armory not long for this world

The architect for the proposed development at the old Broad Street Armory told a neighbors meeting Tuesday night that the developer plans to tear down the crumbling building and rebuild a modern structure with about 50 apartments and a surface parking lot.

This building will replace the Armory at 1221 S. Broad St.

Vince Mancini of Landmark Achitectural Design told us yesterday that the building was in such terrible shape that salvaging it wasn’t feasible.  ”We really struggled with that decision,” Mancini said. “We have a design with the armory included but it’s in very sad shape.” The developer is Michael Carosella, owner of C&R Building Supply on Washington Avenue.

The plans include 5o apartments in a new, modern building that would rise six floors to 79 feet. The lot behind the 80,000 square foot, L-shaped building would include space for 53 parking spots in a landscaped lot that will be accessed through the current curb cut on Broad Street. That’s where the arched garage is now.

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