New life for old building in South Kensington

Oxford Mills will feature an outdoor courtyard.  Credit: D3 Real Estate Development
Oxford Mills will feature a courtyard.
Credit: D3 Real Estate Development

 

The former Quaker City Dye Works at Front and Oxford Streets — which sprawled out into two neighboring buildings — is getting a second crack at life as Oxford Mills, a 114-unit affordable-housing apartment building with commercial space for nonprofit organizations. Educators are eligible for a 25 percent discount on rent.

Perhaps it’s no surprise that the community-oriented project is in South Kensington, just above all the hubbub of where Fishtown meets Northern Liberties. For years now we’ve watched that area become more developed and more welcoming to artists and other creative types and, along with that, more popular with renters and first-time buyers willing to bring money into the neighborhood. The change is pushing out in every direction, and now it’s South Kensington’s turn to get a makeover.

“We’re basically breathing new life into [the buildings] from top to bottom,” says Gabe Canuso of D3 Real Estate Development, who’s transforming the property with his business partner, Greg Hill. “We’re trying to keep as much of the historic fixtures as we can, like the floors and the walls,” says Canuso. But aside from some of the structure staying intact, the whole building, down to its inspiration, is something new.

According to Canuso, it’s the “brainchild” of Donald and Thibault Manekin of Seawall Development in Baltimore. The father-son team is responsible for Miller’s Court and Union Mill — both are in Baltimore and function as residencies that provide discounted rent for teachers and space for nonprofits. “The goal is to help teachers,” Canuso says, “but in addition we’re working with nonprofits tenants to minimize how much they spend on amenities. There are three communal conference rooms that tenants can sign out and use when needed, rather than each organization having a private conference room — which is just more space to pay for.” One notable tenant will be Teach for America, who will call Oxford Mills home to their regional headquarters.

“They wanted to take this model to Philadelphia,” says Canuso of the Seawall team. We can expect to see the building come to life when it opens its doors next summer.

 

The details

Between the two brick buildings is an old cobblestone street that Canuso aims to revitalize and turn into an “urban oasis.” Along with that each building will have its own courtyard for outdoor eating and lounging. Inside, the one- and two-bedroom apartments come as standard, one-level units or bi-level lofts.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.