15 Homes Proposed for Warehouse on Front Street in Pennsport

Plans call for the building at 1422-28 South Front Street to be demolished. | Photo: James Jennings

Plans call for the building at 1422-28 South Front Street to be demolished. | Photo: James Jennings

It looks like there’s another large residential project on the way in Pennport. Plans call for 15 single-family homes to replace an old warehouse and vacant lot at 1422-28 South Front Street.

Patrick Conway, the listing agent on the property and project with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, told Property that it’s very early in the process and that a community meeting with the Pennsport Civic Association is being scheduled due to the need for a zoning variance. Dr. James Moylan, president of the Pennsport Civic Association, said they intend to meet with the development team sometime next week, with a public meeting held sometime after that.

The homes are being developed by KellyTown, the group behind the four super-luxe homes at 111 Walnut Street. (Side note: Conway said three of those on Walnut Street have already been sold.)

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First Look: Fourth & Cross

Fourth&CrossSign

Andrew Michaels’ Pennsport cafe Fourth & Cross is only a few weeks into its opening. Business is brisk and, in what is usually a relatively slow time of year for restaurants, it’s easy to see why. The bright, airy space is located less than a block from Dickinson Square Park in a neighborhood that doesn’t boast much in the way of dining, save for the vegan treats on offer at Grindcore House or the laundromat that also makes bubble tea.

We’ve got details (and photos) below.

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Now Open: Fourth & Cross

A tease of the breakfast menu at Fourth & Cross.

A tease of the breakfast menu at Fourth & Cross.

Fourth & Cross opened today at 1527 S 4th Street. The diner from Andrew Michaels serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Andrew Michaels has over 20-years of experience in the food business and previously owned E’s coffee shop on East Passyunk. Michaels wants to create a welcoming place for the Pennsport neighborhood, serving simple and solid food.

The restaurant is BYOB and will be expanding its menus with specials as it gets going. The hours are: Monday to Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fourth & Cross [Foobooz]

Mt. Sinai Developer Plans Apartments, Townhomes at Shuttered Pennsport School

Abigail Vare School | Photo: James Jennings

Abigail Vare School | Photo: James Jennings

It looks like Concordia Group has its sights set on another major project at a local landmark in Pennsport.

The Bethesda-based developer plans to convert the former Abigail Vare Elementary School building at 1619 East Moyamensing Avenue into a mix of 45 apartments inside the building and construct six townhomes behind it. It’s located just around the corner from their proposed project at Mt. Sinai, which will look to demolish the so-called “Divine Lorraine of South Philly” in favor of 95 townhomes. Representatives from Concordia will present their proposal to the Pennsport Civic Association tonight.

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MoJo’s Storefront Popping Up in Pennsport

Popcorn looks even better with a bow.

Popcorn looks even better with a bow.

Ignore the awful pun; Passyunk Post reported that Mojo’s Pop Co, a mother-daughter team making gourmet toffee popcorn, is finally getting its own brick-and-mortar location in Pennsport. Though no definitive opening date is set, they are taking over the space that previously held Brown Chicken Brown Cow, and, before that, Strange Brew Coffee (1321 S. 2nd Street).

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Property’s Photo of the Week: Green Thumbs Gardening Under Guinn Mural

Admittedly, it’s slightly late, but this one is for Earth Day.

Yeah, it may be a little chilly and windy and crappy outside, but see those little green nubs? That means warmer, glorious weather is on the horizon. While we can’t predict the weather, we can be certain of one thing in this world: those with green thumbs  being well-prepared for the growing season. Big ups to the many neighborhood gardens throughout the city.

This shot comes from the highly successful and now super recognizable–thanks to the brilliant new mural by David Guinn–Manton Street Park and Community Garden in the ever-popular Dickinson Square West/Pennsport neighborhood of South Philly. Read more »

Opening Soon: 1st Ward Sandwich in Pennsport

1st-ward-logoA new sandwich shop is coming to South Philly in early May. 1st Ward Sandwich is located at Morris and Front Street in Pennsport. Paul Frost is the man behind the project.

What we know right now: The space will seat around twenty, with additional seating outside. Frost hopes to eventually feature a monthly prix fixe dinner with a changing seasonal menu. But in the meantime, they’re going the soup, salad and sandwiches route (hence the name).

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Latest Report on the “Divine Lorraine of South Philly” Says It Will Be Demolished

Image via Google Street View

Image via Google Street View

The demolition permits pulled on New Year’s Eve for the former Mt. Sinai Hospital building in Pennsport have at last had their objective confirmed.

PlanPhilly‘s Jared Brey reports the Dickinson Square West Civic Association met with the D.C.-based Concordia Group to hear their plans for the site: demolition, followed by the construction of “an unspecified number of single-family, attached row houses,” each with a rear garage.

Further updates to come.

Townhouses proposed for Mt. Sinai Hospital site [PlanPhilly]

Demo Permits Pulled for the “Divine Lorraine of South Philadelphia”

via Google Street View

via Google Street View

There’s a new twist in the long development saga that is Mt. Sinai Hospital in the Pennsport/Dickinson Square West area. PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey reports that demolition permits have been pulled for the hulking building at 4th and Reed Street:

Apparently any plan to repurpose the existing building has been dropped: on New Year’s Eve, the owners pulled a permit to completely demolish the hospital to create a vacant lot.

As you may recall, developer Greenpointe Construction was given the green light to convert the vacant hospital into apartments and surround it with townhomes to activate the street. Those plans have fallen through and Concordia Group out of Bethesda, Maryland is in the process of taking ownership of the property. Dr. James Moylan, president of the Pennsport Civic Association, mentioned that he’s still waiting for full details about the actual plans and that the demolition permit is “pretty much all we know right now.”

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