The city-owned parking lot on 12th Street across from Columbus Square Park could become an apartment building if a proposal being floated next week comes to fruition.
The Passyunk Square Civic Association’s zoning committee will hear an informational proposal Tuesday night for a five-story building to rise on the site of the lot. The project would be sandwiched between the firehouse at Reed Street and the Wharton Street Lofts, which just started leasing units in the former Annunciation School at Wharton Street.
The address on the agenda is 1148 Wharton St., the same as Wharton Street Lofts, which led us to believe the project would be completed by the same developer, Leo Addimando of Alterra Property.
“The city has asked us to meet with the neighbors and get their feedback, input and conceptual approval, before they will proceed with the sales process,” Addimando said.
He said that he couldn’t give away too much about what he proposes other than that:
- The new building will not be higher than the school next door
- It will maintain most of the “free” parking that the neighbors now enjoy
- It will have residential units above parking
- It may have additional parking for those units and retail, depending on what the neighbors want
“We will show a few versions of this plan and see what people say,” he said.
City records say the parking lot is part of a single parcel referred to as 1100 Wharton St. that includes the fire station next door and the police auto repair shop behind it (the building with the smokestack). The whole lot is zoned ICMX, or industrial commercial mixed use, which allows a whole host of uses by right – except residences. That means the developer will have to get zoning variances for residential use and for splitting that parcel from the rest of the lot.
We’ll be sure to keep you posted.