Tomorrow, demolition of the Shirt Corner at 3rd and Market is expected to commence.
In October it seemed the historic part of the Old City staple would be saved thanks to the restoration firm Powers and Company. Developer Alterra Group was set to refurbish the 19th-century buildings up until last month. But when alarming wall cracks were discovered during renovation preparations, preservation plans had to be scrapped.
From the Inquirer:
A report issued by [consultant engineers] Keast & Hood concluded that the buildings were unstable and advised that they be taken down.
L&I deemed the property “imminently dangerous” and on January 24th ordered demolition.
• Landmark Shirt Corner buildings to be demolished [Inquirer]
Meanwhile, in other property-related news…
• Why replace a bank with a bank? Preservationists push to protect Mid-Century Modern structure [Main Line Media News]
• Help change future for beloved Mount Airy bookstore [Daily News]