Long vacant Mt. Sinai Hospital buildings to be renovated into apartments in Pennsport

mt. sinai 1927 buildingLast summer I wrote about the Pennsport neighborhood in South Philadelphia.  Pennsport is south of Washington Avenue and just east of Columbus Boulevard, and it includes Jefferson Square and Dickinson Square Parks.  While the neighborhood is solidly middle-class and has little vacancy, it has been burdened by the hulking remains of the Mt. Sinai Hospital between Fourth and Fifth Streets and Reed and Dickinson Streets, just a few blocks north of the newly renovated Dickinson Square Park.  All but one building, in the complex, has been vacant for about seventeen years, and the vacant buildings are large enough to be seen from a distance.  The vacant hospital had been built in two phases, a six-storey brown-brick building, that was built in 1927 on Fifth Street, and a very modern extension on Fourth Street, also made of brown brick with large, modern plate-glass windows.  The red-brick former nurse’s home, on the corner of Fifth and Reed, has long since been renovated into senior housing.  A few years ago, a developer planned to renovate the existing vacant hospital (and add some floors) and create condos, but that plan fell through in the recession and real estate market crash of a few years ago.  Now, another developer would like to renovate the existing building into apartments and add some townhouses and a commercial space.

The renovation, being developed by Greenpointe Construction and designed by Barton Partners, will have 175 apartments and 37 townhouses.  The apartments will consist of 128 one-bedroom units, approximately 600 to 900 square feet, and 47 two-bedroom units, approximately 750 to 1,280 square feet.  The townhouses will be built on former surface parking lots at Fourth & Reed and on Fifth and Dickinson Streets.  The homes on Dickinson and Fifth Streets will have very traditional looking designs, but the homes at Fourth & Reed will have a very modern design, with modern panels and large picture windows and terraces.  The former ambulance drop off zone on Fourth Street will be filled in and used for a retail space of about 2,500 square feet, preferably a large restaurant, and there will be additional amenities inside for residents and some green space on the grounds.  There will be 157 parking spaces, mostly in a three storey parking structure on Fourth Street, and 79 bike parking spaces, and all the parking for the townhouses will be internal, so no garages facing the street.  The developers hope to have the original hospital building historically certified, so as to access historic tax credits.  Greenpointe received approval last week, on March 5, from the Zoning Board of Adjustment after a marathon hearing, so they can seek financing and tax credits and start construction of the first phase of townhomes in a timely manner.

The renovated Mt. Sinai Hospital would be a wonderful addition to the improved Pennsport/Jefferson Square/Dickinson Square West neighborhood.  Across Reed Street, the Jefferson Square Community Development Corporation rebuilt a blighted section of the neighborhood with expansive, family-style rowhomes about a decade ago.  The community groups have also been renovating Jefferson Square Park and the former Southwark housing project on Washington Avenue, in Queen Village, was also rebuilt over a decade ago.  Washington Avenue, Fifth Street, and Fourth Street have been experiencing quite a bit of new development in recent years, as have the busy nearby shopping districts on South Street (north of Pennsport), the Ninth Street (Italian) Market, and Passyunk Avenue (west of Pennsport).

If you are interested in buying or selling a home or investment property in South Philadelphia, or any other neighborhood in the city, please contact me at gabriel.gottlieb@lnf.com or check out my Long & Foster agent portal, here, or check out our Long & Foster Center City office, here.  You can, also, view my Facebook realtor page, Gabriel G. Philly Realtor, or my twitter page, @GabrielGPhilaRE.  You can view the ZBA decision, here, and check out renderings and my pictures of the site and neighborhood, below.

Rendering of Mt. Sinai Hospital redevelopment

Rendering of Mt. Sinai Hospital redevelopment

Aerial rendering of Mt. Sinai Hospital redevelopment

Aerial rendering of Mt. Sinai Hospital redevelopment

Mt. Sinai Hospital building, and parking lot, at Fourth and Reed Streets

Mt. Sinai Hospital building, and parking lot, at Fourth and Reed Streets

Mt. Sinai parking lot, at 4th and Reed Streets, will be replaced by townhouses

Mt. Sinai parking lot, at 4th and Reed Streets, will be replaced by townhouses

Rendering of modern townhouses at Fourth and Reed Streets

Rendering of modern townhouses at Fourth and Reed Streets

Modern wing of Mt. Sinai Hospital shows future retail (restaurant) space on Fourth Street

Modern wing of Mt. Sinai Hospital shows future retail (restaurant) space on Fourth Street

Original 1927 Mt. Sinai Hospital building, from Fifth Street

Original 1927 Mt. Sinai Hospital building, from Fifth Street

Mt. Sinai Hospital building at the corner of Fifth and Dickinson Streets

Mt. Sinai Hospital building at the corner of Fifth and Dickinson Streets

Site of the parking garage, behind the modern wing on Fourth Street

Site of the parking garage, behind the modern wing on Fourth Street

Former Mt. Sinai Nurse's Home, at Fifth and Reed Streets, is a senior apartment building

Former Mt. Sinai Nurse’s Home, at Fifth and Reed Streets, is a senior apartment building

Sign above the entrance of the former Mt. Sinai Nurse's Home

Sign above the entrance of the former Mt. Sinai Nurse’s Home

Sign for the senior apartment building in the former Nurse's Home

Sign for the senior apartment building in the former Nurse’s Home

Sign of former Mt. Sinai Hospital, at Fourth and Reed Streets

Sign of former Mt. Sinai Hospital, at Fourth and Reed Streets

Street signs at Fourth and Reed Streets

Street signs at Fourth and Reed Streets

Looking south down Fourth Street, across the street from Mt. Sinai Hospital

Looking south down Fourth Street, across the street from Mt. Sinai Hospital

Looking north up Fourth Street, towards Queen Village and Society Hill in Center City

Looking north up Fourth Street, towards Queen Village and Society Hill in Center City

Expansive rowhomes built by Jefferson Square Community Development Corporation, across Reed Street from Mt. Sinai Hospital

Expansive rowhomes built by Jefferson Square Community Development Corporation, across Reed Street from Mt. Sinai Hospital

Looking west on Reed Street

Looking west on Reed Street

Cafe on Fourth Street, a couple blocks south of likely new restaurant in Mt. Sinai Hospital conversion

Cafe on Fourth Street, a couple blocks south of likely new restaurant in Mt. Sinai Hospital conversion

Construction site of new home on Fourth Street, near Dickinson Square Park and a couple blocks south of Mt. Sinai Hospital

Construction site of new home on Fourth Street, near Dickinson Square Park and a couple blocks south of Mt. Sinai Hospital

Beautiful Dickinson Square Park, on Fourth Street, a couple blocks south of Mt. Sinai Hospital buildings

Beautiful Dickinson Square Park, on Fourth Street, a couple blocks south of Mt. Sinai Hospital buildings

New construction on Moyamensing Avenue, a couple blocks east of former Mt. Sinai Hospital

New construction on Moyamensing Avenue, a couple blocks east of former Mt. Sinai Hospital

Looking north up Moyamensing Avenue, through Queen Village to South Street

Looking north up Moyamensing Avenue, through Queen Village to South Street

Mummers marching through Pennsport on 2 Street (Second Street)

Mummers marching through Pennsport on 2 Street (Second Street)

Washington Avenue, north of the former Mt. Sinai Hospital

Washington Avenue, north of the former Mt. Sinai Hospital

Jefferson Square Park, at Fourth Street and Washington Avenue

Jefferson Square Park, at Fourth Street and Washington Avenue

Ninth Street (Italian) Market, four blocks west of the former Mt. Sinai Hospital

Ninth Street (Italian) Market, four blocks west of the former Mt. Sinai Hospital

Passyunk Avenue, west of the former Mt. Sinai Hospital

Passyunk Avenue, west of the former Mt. Sinai Hospital

This huge lot at Broad Street and Washington Avenue may have a large shopping complex someday soon

This huge lot at Broad Street and Washington Avenue may have a large shopping complex someday soon

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About gabrielcgottlieb

I am a real estate agent at Long & Foster Real Estate Center City and someone who likes to write about development and urban planning in the City of Philadelphia. Contact me at Gabriel.gottlieb@LNF.com if you are interested in buying or selling a home or investment property in Philadelphia.
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