Earlier this month, the Passyunk Square Civic Association held their October Zoning Committee meeting. Suffice it to say that despite some projects being denied or put on hold, residents got to hear refreshing ideas from developers. One involved 1235 Federal Street.
As of late, the building on Federal and Butchie Alley served as a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, until being bought last December. Intentions for the 10,000+ square foot premises were presented by developers at the meeting and might actually have potential if tweaked in the right places. From NakedPhilly:
Early community feedback, according to Tina Geary of the PSCA zoning committee, is a desire for less density, and perhaps a cutback on the Annin Street side of the development. She said reducing the unit count by one might provide the chance for more varied design and a less dense project.
Their proposal included "a ground-floor handicap accessible unit, with nine bi-level apartments above, and six parking spaces." Being smack dab in an area with a WalkScore of 85 (very walkable), the whole apartment idea seems quite tempting.