Industrial-Chic Apartments Revive Historic Philly Neighborhood
The project by McSpain Properties is a redevelopment of the western part of a massive Acme warehouse on the corner of 31st and Master Streets.
By Adriana Pop
The project by McSpain Properties is a redevelopment of the western part of a massive Acme warehouse on the corner of 31st and Master Street. A few years ago, Pennrose converted the eastern part of the behemoth structure into a 224-unit apartment building called The Lofts at Brewerytown.
The Fairmount @ Brewerytown is situated at 1363 N. 31st St. on the Girard Avenue corridor, an area that offers easy access to Rt. 76, Rt. 1, I-95, as well as proximity to public transportation, Center City, Northern Liberties and Fairmount.
The new, pet-friendly community features a mix of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, along with a variety of amenities. There are 21 unique floorplans, and all units feature energy-efficient stainless steel appliances, loft-style granite countertops, in-unit laundry, vaulted ceilings, rain head shower columns and high-efficiency kitchen appliances.
Residents have access to both a pool deck and dog park on the roof. There are no breed or size restrictions, although the property does have a limit of three animals per unit. Other amenities include a full-service 24-hour fitness center, a media/events lounge and a game room on the 2nd floor featuring a pool table, air hockey, a large screen TV and arcade games. The community also offers access to an around-the-clock concierge, 24-hour secure access, indoor parking garage and storage units. Exclusive, high-end conveniences include cold storage for delivery of groceries, on-site retail, plus a business center that will be a part of the second floor amenities.
Showcasing an industrial-chic design with exposed duct work, the new apartment building caters to working professionals, students, young couples and empty nesters. These luxury lofts will also be home to The Crafthouse, a new pub-style restaurant featuring craft brews and food that is slated to open this summer.
According to the developer, the project reflects the pioneering spirit that people have been looking for.
“What it’s accomplishing is actually for the community because we are the big, behemoth building that has been empty for upwards of four or five decades. So, as you see the revitalization of the neighborhood happening around us, here’s this big building and it is helping the community achieve what it’s meant to be,” said Dana Spain, managing partner at McSpain Properties.
The project will provide opportunities for military veterans, as the McSpain Properties team is actively looking for transitioning soldiers for its maintenance and construction staff. Furthermore, all active military personnel, as well as reserved forces and their families, will receive a 10 percent discount on all leasing opportunities.
Brewerytown received its name from the numerous breweries that were located along the Schuylkill during the late 19th century and early 20th century. At its peak, the neighborhood was home to more than 700 breweries. Prohibition during the 1920s caused a steep decline in business and by 1987 every brewery in the neighborhood was out of business.
Renderings courtesy of McSpain Properties