By: Jarek Cotto
Nine, four-story homes have risen at 3rd & Poplar next former home of the Ortelibs Brewery. Back in the fall of 2011, plows began chomping the earth here along the 800 block of N. American St. Worked stopped abruptly and it looked like that project would be abandoned. In late 2012 however, new owners purchased the property for $1.1M, and by the end of 2013, buildings had started to rise.
The project has been dubbed Liberty Estates by developers Space & Company. The homes start at $1,050,000, but despite the high price points, a few of them are already under agreement/sold. Even the least expensive units have 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and around 4,500 sqft of living space according to the project page.
Around this time last year, developers were engaged in the community process to demolish a shopping center on the west side of 3rd Street and build 26 new units in its place. Since then, the old shopping center was razed, and 26 units are under construction at last.
As if that wasn’t enough, there is also a four-story building nearby on the 200 block of Poplar St. That is a lot of investment and building going down in the immediate vicinity. All this is happening right in the heart of Northern Liberties, close to parks, good eating, and not to mention shopping too. Things don’t seem to be slowing down in the least.