By: Jarek Cotto
The Fishtown Neighbors Association recently supported plans to bring 17 units and ten parking spots to a vacant lot at 1133 E Columbia Ave stretching all the way to Earl Street. The plans were recently approved by the Zoning Board a couple of weeks ago and are designed by Harman Deutsch. When this project originally came before FNA last fall, it didn’t get support, but the shedding of a few of the units and a couple of design changes got the community behind the project.
It’s hard to miss the widespread development happening in just about everywhere you look in Fishtown. It is amazing to see the number of blocks where a new development is occurring or just recently finished up. According to OCF Realty some of the projects include, “the mixed-use project at Girard & Shackamaxon that brought apartments on the upper floors with Palm Tree Market on the ground-floor; the French brasserie Girard that opened on the ground-floor of a mixed-use building at Marlborough; and across the street from that a former auto supply store has been fixed up and made much prettier.” That’s just to name a few.
The seventeen-unit project on Columbia Ave in conjunction with the Earl Street project will bring 31 new apartments and homes to the area. All we see is dollar signs when thinking about the influx of new customers coming to this commercial corridor.