11 apartments coming to old Peco substation at 538 Federal Street

A former Peco substation that has languished for 15 years at 6th and Federal appears to finally be poised for development.

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A zoning use change, which was originally approved in September 2012 and updated last week, says the building has been approved for an 11-family dwelling. A permit for interior demolition was granted nearly a year ago, and Naked Philly reported seeing some activity inside the building in October of last year.

An open window offered a sliver of a view of the inside.

Felt a little peeping tom taking this picture
Felt a little peeping tom taking this picture

There was a desk with what looked like an old computer, and big old windows. No construction permits have been granted yet, though, so this project could still be a few months from starting. A message left with builder Intek Construction wasn’t returned this week.

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The Federal Street side
The Federal Street side

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538 Federal St
The Manton Street side
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Classy, on 6th

A special thanks goes out to the leaders of the Dickinson Square West Civic Association, several of whom pointed us in the right direction for this story. If you live within their boundaries – 4th to 6th, Washington to Mifflin – make sure to get involved. There is a general membership meeting  Oct. 15, 7 p.m. at Mt. Moriah Church, 410 Wharton Street.



3 thoughts on “11 apartments coming to old Peco substation at 538 Federal Street

  • October 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Any news on the hospital at 6th and Reed? Can we get some development happening there?

    • October 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Not yet. It’s only a matter of time though

    • October 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      @RD, I assume you mean Mt. Sinai at 5th. There was a rumor of a possibility of a new owner a few weeks ago, but even if that turns out to be true, that doesn’t mean that anything is imminent.

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