Former Broad Street Armory Building Demolished, Replaced by Apartments

The 127-year-old Broad Street Armory building, one of Philadelphia oldest constructions, is almost history. Less than one month after a crane started tearing down the long-vacant crumbling building located at 1221 South Broad Street in Passyunk Square, the Zoning Board of Adjustment approved a zoning variance to developer Michael Carosella’s plans to replace the property with a new, modern structure that will include 50 apartments.

The 127-year-old Broad Street Armory building, one of Philadelphia’s oldest constructions, is almost history. Less than one month after a crane started tearing down the long-vacant crumbling building located at 1221 South Broad Street in Passyunk Square, the Zoning Board of Adjustment approved a zoning variance to developer Michael Carosella’s plans to replace the property with a new, modern structure that will include 50 apartments.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the six-story rental building designed by Landmark Architectural Design will also feature an eco-friendly 1,000-square-foot green roof, a community meeting room, indoor storage space for up to 20 bikes and an outdoor parking garage with 52 spaces.

The plans do not include ground floor commercial/retail space at this point, but an adjustment could be made provided that the members of the South Broad Street Neighbors Association approve it and a potential tenant would want to lease space in the building. All units will be two-bedroom from 900 to 1,300 square feet with rents estimated to go between $1,500 and $2,900 a month. Reportedly, the project should be completed by the end of 2014.

Built in 1886 to house the National Guard Third Regiment Armory, the brick-clad structure was owned since the 1980s by the Tolentine Community Center which purchased it from the City for $106,000 to be used solely for community and social service programs, according to The Passyunk Post. Earlier this year the building was acquired by Carosella, which owns C&R Building Supply on Washington Avenue.

 

Photo of Broad Street Armory Building in 2011 via Google Maps