Work on Wharton Street Lofts has gotten under way

We stopped by the forthcoming Wharton Street Lofts, coming to the old Annunciation school at 12th and Wharton, because we remember developer Leo Addimando said he planned to start work on the building in the first quarter of 2013.

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This week, the front didn’t look that different from what we saw when we took the above picture in the fall. But a quick walk around back showed us that a crew was buzzing around inside.

Say hi, Mr. Construction Worker
Say hi, Mr. Construction Worker. Can you spot him?

Addimando told us yesterday that they had begun demolition and planned to be finished sometime in 2014. He said no tenants have been lined up for the first-floor space, but that he hadn’t really started looking yet.

That still means there’s time, maybe, for South Philly Co-op to go in there. Maybe?


9 thoughts on “Work on Wharton Street Lofts has gotten under way

  • April 4, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I heard Trader Joes, but the co op would be great

  • April 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Can we investigate the Trader Joe’s rumor???
    Into it.

  • April 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I heard a daycare was going in.

    • April 5, 2013 at 9:53 am

      The Catholic school used to have a daycare; it was pretty dingy.

  • April 4, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I heard they were installing a rumor mill in there!

    • April 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

      We already have a neighborhood rumor or mill. We don’t needed another one. One is perfectly fine.

    • April 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      Thank you, Dan P. Glad I wasn’t drinking anything in front of the computer when I read that one.

  • April 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I wonder if the place still has that smell?

  • April 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    the only issue with a trader joes is traffic. neither 12th nor wharton would be good streets to handle the kind of traffic a trader joes would draw. Just look at 22nd on a busy afternoon day. In a perfect world, people would walk and use transit, but that is but a dream for a grocery store in this age of the auto.

    _IF_ a trader joes were to come to the area it would need to go on a major street, i.e. Broad or Washington, or MAYBE 11th.

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