A converted church in Fishtown that was supposed to be demolished is now back on the market. In early February, PlanPhilly reported that demolition permits had been pulled for 1775 Frankford Avenue, a church built that had been converted into residential units. Developers had planned to build four duplexes on the site.
But three days ago, a listing for 1775 Frankford Avenue was posted with the asking price of $795,000. Here's how it reads on the real estate site Redfin:
This property has been subdivided and the parcel for sale is 1558 Montgomery Ave. The parcel is 62' x 60' and is a church broken into 4 rental units. Owner has demo permits and zoning permits to build 4 duplexes, but the neighbors would prefer the building not be demolished. Subdivision plans are available upon request. Although the remarks say that the parcel for sale is 1558 Montgomery Avenue, OCF Realty, the official real estate agency for the property, has 1775 Frankford Avenue also listed on their site.
Real estate agent Jim Robertson says today the current owners are having a contractor estimate the cost of renovating the rental units in the church or potentially adding more units. "The owners are in the process of figuring out what to do with the property, but they figured they'd put it up for sale in the meantime in case someone else wanted it," Robertson said.
According to public records, the current owner of the church is listed under Frankford Street Properties, a New Jersey-based company that bought the property on October 30, 2015 for $1,000,000.
· Developers seek to demolish converted church in Fishtown [Curbed Philly]