A five-story apartment building is proposed at 16th and Washington

UPDATE: We see the comments about Nam Son, and we’re checking it out now. Thanks for the heads up, and we’ll report back.

Bye-bye, Nam Son? It kind of looks that way, at least eventually.

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According to an agenda for Wednesday’s zoning meeting of the South of South Neighborhood Association, the committee will be considering a plan to build a five-story mixed-use structure at the Hoa Binh Plaza at 1601 Washington Ave., where Nam Son is located. It would have commercial space on the ground and 35 dwelling units upstairs.

Other businesses are located at 1601 Washington, including a couple of Asian markets and an accounting office. The one-story building, which is zoned “heavy industrial” and valued at $316,500, is owned by a trust controlled by Anthony Bisicchia, according to city records. Bisicchia owns Kerr’s Building Materials at 1528 Washington Ave.

The zoning meeting, one of two with SOSNA this month because of the volume of projects proposed, will be Wednesday at the St. Charles Senior Community Center, 1941 Christian St., starting at 6:30 p.m.

A wider shot
A wider shot

The 82 Yelp reviews of Nam Son are mostly positive, with many praising the banh mi sandwich. Apparently this place is owned by the same folks who own Nam Phoung at 11th and Washington.

For the sake of those who enjoy Nam Son, we hope it will be able to move into the new space if all of this is approved. What do you think of the proposal? Would you like to live on Washington Avenue?

– Jennifer Lawson, @byjenlawson

7 thoughts on “A five-story apartment building is proposed at 16th and Washington

  • August 20, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I don’t think Nam Son is going, as the parcel in question
    doesn’t contain the strip mall or even all of the parking lot. It’s
    a really strange parcel, Nam Son is located at 1600 Carpenter St.
    The parcel in question is 1601 Washington Ave. You can see how the
    parcel is a triangle on the south-east corner of the strip mall /
    parking lot:

    • August 22, 2013 at 11:35 am

      whoa! that wedge is left over from what used to be the siding from washington ave to a rail yard that adjoined the rail depots on broad and washington. the tracks are still embedded in the sidewalk.

  • August 20, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Nam Son is tripling in size in the next couple of weeks, taking over pretty much the entirety of the eastern side of the mall. Apparently they will have their own bakery, etc.. Their Vietnamese food is–hands down–the best in the city.

  • August 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Nam Son is not going anywhere! The proposed development site is on a compleyly different site than the Asain market. The market will remain the same, they will only be losing a percentage of their parking. The lot is also no longer owned by the Bisicchia Trust, it is owned by a pair of brothers that are from north east Philly.

  • August 20, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I’m pretty sure Nam Son isn’t owned by the same people of Nam Phuong (btw, typo in the post).

  • August 21, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks, everyone. We are working on a follow-up story with more details on the proposal.

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