Riverwards Development News (July 27th)
Postgreen Homes is currently constructing a nine-unit condominium called Arbor House at 2318 East York Street in Fishtown. Each unit, the least expensive of which priced at $275,000, will include either yard space or a deck. Developers aim to obtain platinum-certification status from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Postgreen Homes has worked on innumerable projects in the Riverwards, including Awesometown in Fishtown, which we covered last week.
Several months ago, an unnamed buyer purchased the vacant church at 1217 – 1223 North Hancock Street for $515,000. The structure, originally the Hancock Street Methodist Episcopal Church, was built sometime during the nineteenth century. (There is some debate as to the exact date of establishment.) There is approximately 11,000 square feet of interior space. No one yet knows what will become of the church.
In 2013, developers presented a plan to the South Kensington Community Partners (SKCP) to redevelop a warehouse on the 1400 block of North Howard Street. The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) granted a variance after the community backed a proposal to construct 52 new homes and four small mixed-use buildings on site. A now expired demolition permit was issued the following year. Each unit will include approximately 3,000 square feet of space as well as a parking spot. A green space will be situated in the middle of the parcel.
Earlier this month, State Senator John Sabatina announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has provided the Delaware River City Corporation (DRCC) a $125,000 grant to update its plan to transform the largely industrial shoreline. Tom Branigan, executive director of the DRCC, hopes that the grant will jumpstart a new phase in the North Delaware River Greenway Master Plan. A handful of issues, including zoning changes and competition for land, threaten to disrupt the plan. But the DRCC remains optimistic.