New homes going up in Philly this spring

Spring is all about a fresh start, and for some that means new digs. We got the dirt on who’s breaking ground soon, and who’s planning to bring the coolest new abodes to the Philly market.

 

2201 E. Norris

Lawrence McKnight, President of BKM Properties, is expecting to break ground on this three-story, three-bedroom home this week. He anticipates about six months for completion, but mentions that the weather may interfere with that. This home isn’t the first in the area for BKM, and it certainly won’t be the last.

“Demand is outpacing our ability to deliver,” says McKnight. “We keep telling people we can’t build them fast enough.” McKnight also says that he’s very connected to the Fishtown and Kensington neighborhoods where he’s building: “We live in the neighborhood. If something goes wrong, we’re right there to fix it.”

The Perks: Third-floor master suite with balcony, roof deck with a view of Center City, hardwood floors, modern amenities (like stainless steel appliances), and what McKnight calls a “grandiose” foyer.

 

This three-story, three-bedroom home is expected to be completed by next fall.
This three-story, three-bedroom home by BKM Properties is expected to be completed by next fall.

Metropolis

Pennsport is about to get a rather large residential addition at Second and Wharton. Metropolis is the name of the 17 single-family townhome cluster being built by Rock Construction and Development. “The developer and I sat down and discussed all of the things that a buyer is looking for and tried to include all of those things as standard items in these homes,” explains Noah Ostroff, realtor at Coldwell Banker Preferred. The estimated completion date is late summer, leaving us just a few months to pack up our boxes and get over to the ever-evolving Pennsport neighborhood.

The Perks: Three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, roughly 3,000 square feet, fiberglass roof deck, two-car garage

 

There are just a few more months until the completion of these brand new houses.
There are just a few more months until the completion of these brand new Pennsport houses.

 

Fairmount possibilities

Nothing is certain yet, but it looks like Fairmount Ave might get new apartment buildings. Right now we’re interested in two proposed buildings that have been shown to the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association zoning committee. The first is at 420-42 Fairmount Ave. It’ll replace an old warehouse with 48 apartments. The second is a proposed 108-unit building at 312 Fairmount Ave, being developed by Klein Company. The NLNA asked that both projects be scaled down to better suit the area. We’re keeping an eye on both because if they’re done right, the buildings will provide a vibrant freshness to Fairmount Ave.

 

Is Fishtown your new hood?

Lawrence McKnight tells us about the growing popularity of the area he calls home. “At some point the market will get saturated. Everyone and their brother wants to be in and build in Fishtown,” he says. “Expanding out to East Kensington and Port Richmond in general is great to see. There are a lot of entry-level first-time home buyers in this area, and they’re making retail and restaurants happen, too.”

 



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

California passes 'yes-means-yes' campus sexual assault bill

Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on…

National

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all…

By Stephanie NebehayGENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance…

International

North Korean leader's money manager defects in Russia:…

A senior North Korean banking official who managed money for leader Kim Jong Un has defected in Russia and was seeking asylum in a third country, a South Korean newspaper…

Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 29,…

The Department of Transportation and NYPD said there may be residual delays near all of the street closures on August 29, 31 and 31. Several streets and avenues will be…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…