, the green/sustainable developer behind such projects as 100K House
, Skinny Project
, and Avant Garage
, is planning more mixed-use projects in Kensington.
One of the projects, dubbed FRANK
will be 1-2 commercial spaces connected to 10 market-rate condos. The
other "as-yet-to-be-named" project, will most likely be 1 commercial
space connected to 4 market-rate apartments.
I have to say, not only is it encouraging to see mixed-use projects
become the new construction norm for Philadelphia's neighborhoods, but
it's also great to see developers believing in condos once again. Most
of the larger and mid-sized projects currently being planned/built in
Philadelphia have all been apartments, which makes sense given that
rents are up and do not have an end in sight. But condos encourage home
ownership, with an emphasis on first-time buyers.
The last real estate boom/bust created a huge oversupply of condos (not
only in Philadelphia, but across the US), which drastically reduced
their value. It wasn't because condos didn't make sense in a city like
Philadelphia, it was because too many were planned to be built when the
bottom dropped out and banks tightened up their condo lending standards
due to high foreclosure risk. Hence, a larger drop in value than most
single family homes.
As Postgreen continues to dominate the Fishtown/Kensington landscape,
I'll keep you posted on the status of their proposed developments. If
you've never heard of Postgreen before and would like to learn more, check them out