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Salvation Army building update: Construction underway on apartment conversion

Along with four luxury townhomes next door

Scaffolding has gone up around the old Salvation Army building in Society Hill.
Photo by Melissa Romero

After languishing on the market for years, the old Salvation Army building at S. 3rd Street and Willings Alley in Society Hill is now showing some signs of life.

A recent visit to the site revealed that scaffolding has gone up around portions of the hulking stone building, a sign that construction, or at the very least facade work, is underway to convert it into 14 apartments.

That’s been the plan, at least, since late 2015, when zoning notices went up at the property. Architecture firm Canno Design confirmed to Curbed Philly that those plans are still in place.

Meanwhile, construction has been ongoing for months now right next door, where a collection of four high-end townhomes are being built under the name Estates on 3rd. These four-story homes, with starting prices at $2.65 million, have replaced the Salvation Army’s former daycare and cafeteria.

Both projects were designed by Canno Design. Here’s a rendering of the Estates on 3rd. The firm tells us that there are no renderings currently available of the proposed apartments.