Riverwards Development News (June 14, 2017)
The new owners of the property at 957 Frankford Avenue have procured a permit for a medical marijuana dispensary. A massage therapist will also operate out of this building. Initially the Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company planned to open a taproom here, but that project never came to fruition.
At 1317 Frankford Avenue, across the street from Snap Kitchen, developers are constructing a by-right mixed-use building with commercial space on the first floor (tenant to be determined) and three apartment units above. Purchased last summer, the property functioned previously as a garden space.
Up the street, at 1416 Frankford Avenue, Cheu Noodle Bar will be opening a new location. The same developers are also constructing a mixed-use building right next to the new bar. According to the posted permits, they will attempt to combine the commercial space of the mixed-use building with that of the recently established building on its left.
HOW Properties is constructing a 53-unit mixed-use building at the intersection of 2nd and Wildey Streets. According to the permits, a grocery store will occupy the retail space on the first floor. This particular structure is unique in that it wraps around several homes on Wildey Street.
Developers plan to build eight new homes on a large, vacant lot on the 100 block of West Wildey Street. There is a parking garage across the street, though it is unclear whether or not it would be available to those who would be living in the new homes. There have been a number of other interesting developments on this block within the last few years, including an apartment complex and an office building next to the Market-Frankford Line.
The run-down property at 332 – 334 West Girard Avenue is currently being renovated. Formerly a pizza shop, the property has amassed a number of violations over the years and is in need of renovations. No one yet knows what will become of the building. Across the street, several other buildings are also being renovated, albeit very slowly.
Two new homes are going up at 1203 and 1205 North Leithgow Street. Currently neither of these properties is on the market. Three zoning notices are also posted at 1217, 1219 and 1227 North Leithgow. In between these properties there are several privately owned vacant lots, but they most likely will not be redeveloped any time soon.
Developers plan to build three new homes at the intersection of Hope and Guest Streets. This will first require the two-story home at 1612 Hope Street to be demolished. Because of all the recent development in the area, including the Turner Court Project to the north, one can expect this proposal to move forward without much resistance.
Developers are constructing an eight-unit condominium at the intersection of Hancock and Thompson Streets. Harman Deutsch handled the architectural duties. Each of the eight units is already under agreement. Expect more development near the condominium soon (i.e. pay close attention to the old auto shop next door and the vacant lot around the corner).