Fishtown Building Featuring Shepard Fairey Mural Seeing Improvements
More scaffolding has been placed at 1224 Frankford Ave. in Fishtown. This time, it’s not for the installation of a mural from world-renown artist Shepard Fairey, but for improvements to the building itself
Sandy Smith of PhillyLiving reports that the scaffolding “now supports construction workers securing loose bricks and replacing missing ones on the front wall.” That hole just below Shepard Fairey’s Lotus Blossom mural, which was tagged and cleaned up in August, which will be patched up as well.
Future plans for the site are unknown at the moment. Smith has been hearing some interesting rumblings around the neighborhood, including the possibility of a “small hotel”–which is certainly intriguing. If it happens, will it be called Lotus Blossom?
Newsworks reported back in August that owner/developer Roland Kassis of River City Flats plans “to develop a 125-room hotel in the next two years” and was working on how to incorporate the mural into the design, possibly even on the interior. In fact, Kassis hinted at a possible hotel coming to Fishtown during a feature in The Inquirer on the growing scene in the neighborhood way back in March 2013.