Developers to Present Early Plans for Ice House Lot in the Italian Market

The information-only presentation will take place next week.

The lot, as seen from 9th Street | Via Google Street View

The lot, as seen from 9th Street | Via Google Street View

You know that long stretch of wall just off of the corner of 9th and Washington in the Italian Market? Well, behind that wall, which had become an vibrant, ever-changing street art display, is a large vacant lot that used to house American Ice and Coal Company’s warehouse.

According to the Passyunk Square Civic Association’s zoning section of the newsletter, an unnamed developer will be presenting new plans for the site next week:

Informational presentation regarding the lot at 9th and Darien.  PSCA will hear from the development team to review a mixed use concept (including ground floor commercial, below grade parking, and residential) at the long vacant lot at 9th and Darien.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11 and will be held at Annunciation BVM Church Hall at 10th and Dickinson.

An aerial of the lot | via Google Maps

An aerial of the lot | via Google Maps

The lot fronts both 9th Street and Washington Avenue, with Anastasi’s Seafood on the corner. Previous plans from Midwood Investment & Development included a single-story building with 30,000-square-feet of retail space and underground parking. Obviously, that development never materialized and the lot has sat as-is since the building was demolished in 2008.

Albert Stumm reports for the Passyunk Post:

Zoning committee chair Jared Klein said he had no more information about the proposal, but he told us the developers will likely get into the nitty gritty at the information-only presentation.

As you can see from the aerial image, the lot is quite large. It will be interesting to see who the developers are and what kind of mix they have planned in terms of number of retail spaces and number of residential units.

As always, we’ll keep you posted.