Remaking South Kensington


1222 n 2nd overhead

Harman Deutsch’s aerial view of planned projects from Blackstone Development, centered at North 2nd Street & Girard Avenue | Infograph: Naked Philly

  • Naked Philly takes a closer look at Blackstone Development’s plans for a mixed-use project, with “68 apartments, 7 live-work spaces (an exciting change of pace), two large commercial spaces, and 52 parking spots” at 1222 North 2nd Street, to be flanked by Liberty Square (also from Blackstone) and the Klein Company’s eventual Soko Lofts. Harman Deutsch’s rendering packet includes some handy aerials of the location, which illustrate just how much this corner of South Kensington is set to be rebuilt in the next few years.
  • The Inquirer real estate columnist Alan J. Heavens delves into the sea change that has made the lower halves of the 19122 and 19125 zip codes (generally bounded by North Broad, the Delaware, Lehigh Avenue, and Girard Avenue) some of the most desirable areas for new construction in the city. Priced out of new construction on the other side of Girard, young couples are increasingly turning to South Kensington and Fishtown for homes being delivered at anything less than $500,000. “First- and second-choice buyers ‘have essentially doubled demand,’ Chris Somers of Re/Max Access says. ‘The buyer pool remains high, and new-construction inventory is low since everything sells so quickly.’”
  • As the wrecking ball slowly chips away at the former Mt. Sinai Hospital at 4th & Reed (see our story on the demolition HERE), the Passyunk Post looks at the designs for its eventual replacement: Concordia Group and D3 Real Estate Development’s “Southwark on Reed,” a project of 95 townhouses with plenty of green, publicly accessible courtyards.
  • The American Institute of Architects’s Philadelphia chapter has selected a theme (Philadelphia!) for this year’s Sketch Showcase, in which participants doodle their flights of architectural fancy upon the lowly white café napkin. Winning sketches are to be exhibited in the Philadelphia Center for Architecture and Design during the AIA national convention from May 19-22.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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