We just love to see life breathed back into old vacant buildings here in Philly. There’s something to be said about recognizing the potential of a building with really great bones, and even more to say about taking that recognition and turning it into action. That’s why we’re excited to hear that the Bornot Dye Works building (17th & Fairmount) is getting a much-needed second chance at the hands of MM Partners. Historically, MM Partners typically sticks close to their Brewerytown roots, but we’re so glad they’ve ventured north of Logan Square and given this diamond in the rough a shot.
Back in the eve of the 20th century, the building plans, designed by architect Werner Trumbower, were noted in the 1919 edition of Cleaning and Dyeing World, a publication on the Who’s Who of the dye world.
The folks at MM Partners have big plans for this space that will bring even better things to the already great Spring Garden neighborhood, largely populated by more recent arrivals to the city who sought out reasonably priced roomy homes. The 75,000 sqft warehouse will be converted into both a retail and commercial space (some highlights expected include a bank branch, yoga studio, and coffee shop), as well as 18 residential apartments with 2 high-end lofts. Work has already begun on the massive project and is expected to wrap up late summer/early fall 2015.
South Street (particularly between Front St. and 10th) in Philadelphia is a cool place; buzzing ’round the clock with an eclectic bunch of visitors and residents alike. As one of Philly’s busiest tourist attractions, swing by this ‘hood to see bohemians and business people mingling with the masses any day of the week. A stone’s throw away is the ever popular Washington Square West and Society Hill.
What happens when you mix such a fantastically diverse crowd with over 300 shops and over 60 bars, restaurants and cafes, and sprinkle in the perfect touch of fringe theater and live music? The answer: A really stellar spot for a commercial property.
Lucky for you we’ve got just the spot.
428 South Street highlights a 3-story brick commercial/residential property that boasts over 2,400 square feet of space- including an 800 sq. ft. retail space and two residential apartments.
See full listing here.
The venerable Snockey’s Oyster and Crab house recently hit the market and is looking for a new captain to take the wheel. The 100 plus year old business includes a liquor license, two, two bedroom apartments, and a bushel of old school Philadelphia. Hopefully who ever nets this keeper can see it carry on for it’s second century, here’s a recent article from philly.com.