UPDATE: Here’s one important thing to note: the project does not yet have financing lined up. Another source who attended the meeting contacted us today to say that the lawyer on the project said several times, “if we get financing.” On another occasion, he said, “Banks are tight. You’ve all heard the stories.”
Also of note, the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association’s zoning chair has posted on the group’s Facebook page that it intends to support the project.
POSTED EARLIER: The developer for a new apartment complex called Artisan Lofts at 12th and Jackson, which would replace a dilapidated former brush factory, went before the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association last night to answer questions regarding the revised proposal.
Tony Rufo, of Rufo Properties, said his team had lowered the number of apartments from 164 to 151. That’s down a total of 21 units from the original 172 we heard back in December.
The apartments will be 1- and 2-bedroom units, costing between $800 to $1,800 a month. The size of each ranges from 500 to 1,000 square feet.
Rufo still plans to remodel the three existing buildings and to build two new structures in between the current ones. The density and height of the proposal had some near neighbors complaining in our comments section recently about shadows cast by the new buildings.
The main concern at the meeting last night, naturally, was parking. Developers showed that there would be up to 62 spots for cars, plus parking for motorcycles, scooters and bikes. Car-sharing spots will also be available.
One resident asked about the impact of construction on the neighborhood.
Rufo explained that there is a noise ordinance, meaning no jack hammers at 5 in the morning (the ordinance prohibits work before 7 a.m. on weekdays, 8 on weekends, and after 8 p.m.). He also mentioned that the construction will take place within the property, so there will be minimal street traffic caused during the building process.
Rufo estimated that from the time they would break ground, construction would last 12 to 16 months. The project is scheduled to go before the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment on Sept. 10, at 1515 Arch St. on the 18th floor, at 2 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.
— Will Preddy