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.

After the collapse, “an engineer inspected the property and provided a report indicating the property is in a dangerous condition and must come down,” the email said, which was sent Thursday. “We are following the new regulations to obtain the proper permit from Licenses & Inspections to demolish the building, which may take place next week.”

The area was to be fenced off on Friday. The new regulations, imposed after the Center City building collapse that killed six people and injured 13 others, include establishing a demolition schedule and site safety plan, as well as stricter licensing requirements for demolition contractors.

A source close to the project said that the demolition will be performed by “a very large and reputable union demolition contractor with a full staff of supervising engineers and architects.”

Meanwhile, the project that was to replace the Armory has not yet been approved. Carosella and Mancini provided an information-only presentation in February to the South Broad Street Neighbors Association, which was well-received. But as far as we know, no additional meetings or hearings have been scheduled. So, here’s what the replacement was to look like:

New Armory building