43 apartments coming to desolate Point Breeze block

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.

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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.

“We have received our zoning permit and are awaiting the building permit,” Mauro told us last week. “Building will start within 30 days of receiving the permit.

The project will take about a year to complete, he said.

That is one empty block
That is one empty block

Zelda Simpkins at the area’s registered community organization, South Philly HOMES Inc., said the project has full support of the community. And Mauro said the company has a track record for completing big projects, including Chestnut Court with 42 apartments at 47th and Chestnut and Vernon Terrace, which has 52 apartments in Mt. Airy.

Indoor parking will be in the concrete building
Indoor parking will be in the concrete building
And this lot at 24th and Ellsworth will be surface parking
This lot next to the garage, at 24th and Ellsworth, will be surface parking


The 25th Street side, and the crumbling CSX train trestle
The 25th Street side, and the crumbling CSX train trestle

This is by far the biggest residential development in Point Breeze in decades, and it comes to an interesting corner of it. There is little commercial activity around here but a lot of smaller residential development just to the east and to the north, across Washington Avenue. Mauro said they like it here.

“What attracted us to this part of the City was the growth we have witnessed in the Point Breeze area,”he said. “As you are aware, we had to go for a Zoning Variance for the project. This gave us a unique opportunity to meet with the local civic organization, South Philadelphia Homes, and really discover what the neighborhood is all about.  Given the strong community support, we believe this neighborhood will have sustained growth for years to come.”

A remnant of the building's industrial past
A remnant of the building’s industrial past
Looks like they bought the building in 2011 for $300,000. Pretty good investment, huh?