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9 apartments, grocer coming to historic Ampere Building in Fishtown

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Studios and 1-bedrooms, plus Riverwards Produce

Apartments and a grocer are coming to this historic firehouse in Fishtown.
Courtesy of Zillow

Since mid-December, Fishtowners have been abuzz with the news that Riverwards Produce, a pop-up farmers market, planned to set up a permanent shop on East Norris Street. But before that opens in the spring, we’ve learned that nine apartments are set to open in the next few weeks in the historic building’s upper levels.

Two studios and seven 1-bedroom units are planned for the top three floors of the historic Ampere Electric Building at 2200 East Norris Street, according to this Zillow listing. The studios are available now, while the 1-bedrooms are expected to be move-in ready by February 1.

Local company Ampere Capital Group is spearheading the re-development efforts of the four-story building, which dates back to the 1860s when it served as a fire station. According to public records, the property sold for $1,250,000 in 2014. Calls to the group were not answered, but according to their Facebook page, the adaptive reuse project is being called the Amperium.

The apartments, which range from $1,300 to $1,700, feature hardwood floors, crown molding, and in-unit laundry. Some of the the apartments will have views outside of those arched windows on Sepviva Street.

And of course, all of the tenants will live right above Riverwards Produce when it opens in spring 2017. (You can learn more about the grocer’s efforts here.)

Restoration started on the exterior iron work. It will be a market by spring! #2017 #riverwardsproduce

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