By: Jarek Cotto
There was once a lively commercial corridor on the 900 block of Marshall Street that was full of shops and pushcarts like the Italian Market. This small street between Poplar and Girard stopped being a bustling district due to a combination of white flight and a redevelopment plan from the 1950s that never came to fruition that ultimately sunk most of the Marshall Street businesses according to Philaplace. The street stayed that way for years and it looks pretty bad today. Many of the buildings remaining on the block still appear to have residential tenants, but the storefronts are mostly closed down. You will have no problem finding a vacant lot either as they are littered around in abundance.
New homes are getting built on Marshall St. Two have risen to date, at 922 and 936 N. Marshall St. One has already been sold, but 936 N. Marshall St. is still on the market for $550K. The homes are three stories high and have parking out front. They have 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and 3,000 sqft of living space. Development doesn’t end with the construction of these two homes either. According to the listings, five more homes are in the works, making this a seven home development.
This development on Marshall Street is just another symptom of the expanding boundaries of Northern Liberties development. If this project proves successful, we might see more change on this street, though it may never return to its former glory.