Last year I wrote an article here about a large new apartment development on the north side of Brown Street, at 48th Street, in West Philadelphia. That development is known as the West Village Apartments and is currently under construction in the largely rebuilt Mill Creek neighborhood. At the time, and for years really, I predicted that the small abandoned warehouse across the street would be renovated into apartments or condos someday to match the West Village development. Well, I’m happy to announce that that day is finally coming. Indeed, the warehouse there on the south side of Brown Street is about to be renovated into apartments very soon.
The developers for the project are the same developers of West Village, B & T Home Builders, who already own the warehouse and property. B & T Home Builders was formed in 2000 by Moshe Barazani and Hillel Tsarfati. The warehouse is a small, two-storey building on the corner that appears to be rather blighted today. It used to house the Universal Dental Co., but has been vacant for decades. The developers plan to renovate the building into 34 rental apartment units, ranging in size from 600 to 1,100 square feet. About a third of the units will be below ground. The building will have parking on a vacant lot next to the back of the building along Folsom Street. The parking lot is behind several small rowhomes on Brown Street, and the residents of those homes are upset about the loss of parking and drainage, because the paving of the whole lot could cause water to runoff into the backs of their homes. Those neighbors opposed the project at a September 19 zoning meeting, so the case was held until the developers have a detailed drainage plan. The developers are, also, planning to provide some parking to those neighbors and put bright lighting on the back of the building along Folsom Street, and on the fence of the parking lot, also along Folsom Street.
This new development will complement the existing West Village development, which was the first large market rate development in Mill Creek in decades. The new construction has finished the first phase, and the renovation of the Universal Dental warehouse will help increase demand to compel the completion of the next phases, along the north side of the 4800 block of Brown Street. The neighborhood, also, has some other sites that would be perfect for new development, including a currently vacant, but modern, apartment complex at 49th & Aspen Streets. Also, the neighborhood is experiencing several nearby developments, including the Children’s Hospital’s Karabots medical clinic, at 48th & Market Streets, and the Lucien E. Blackwell Community Center, at 47th & Brown Streets, next to the expansive Blackwell Homes. Also, the old Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building on 46th Street is slated to be renovated into the new headquarters of the Philadelphia Police, and some related buildings at 48th & Market will be renovated into city offices.
This whole neighborhood in the middle of West Philadelphia is changing and developing rapidly. Let’s not forget the new West Philadelphia High School and the shopping center near 52nd & Lancaster, that has businesses such as Lowe’s; Shoprite; Monster Pets; and Planet Fitness. If you are interested in buying or selling a home or investment property in this rapidly developing area of the city, then feel free to send me an email at Gabriel.firstname.lastname@example.org or check out my Facebook realtor page, Gabriel G. Philly Realtor, or my twitter page, @GabrielGPhilaRE. You can, also, look at my Long & Foster agent portal, here, or our Long & Foster Philly Center City office, here. Also, you can check out West Village Apartments with this link to their website, and view the pictures that I took of the site and the neighborhood, below.