Just a year ago, the property at Washington Avenue on the west side of Broad Street looked almost like its east side counterpart—vacant.
There was virtually nothing in the space, save for a few trucks and beams, an indication of the beginning of a large-scale construction.
Now, a year later, that construction has formed into a towering, nine-story mixed-use development called Lincoln Square, that’s just started leasing. Curbed Philly got a tour through the space recently, including a one-bedroom apartment.
The over 300,000 square-foot development offers several things including 322 rental apartments and—on the ground floor—a Target, Petsmart, and Sprint store. Just recently, Kimco Realty, which owns the development, revealed to Curbed Philly that a Wine and Spirits is the next retailer to inhabit the giant development.
The private, rental section of the property opens on Broad Street to a lobby with a 24-hour concierge. Upstairs, on the second floor, begins the 50,000 square feet of amenity space, which include indoor club rooms, a media room, a kitchen area, a golf simulator room (with a turf floor), and a fitness room. Large floor to ceiling windows look out over Broad Street.
But grillers and fire pit-lovers never fear. There’s an outdoor space, too, with couches, fire pits, and even a running track (for the athletically-inclined). Plus, the outdoor space boasts stellar views over the city.
The inside of the building holds its own sort of charm. The apartments range from studios, which can be as small as 380 square feet and which start at $1,290 per month, to three-bedroom apartments, which can reach 1,427 feet and which start at $3,235 per month.
Inside a one bedroom, which can run at least $1,715 per month, there’s a washer and dryer, a kitchen, a sizable bathroom, and—again—those crazy floor to ceiling windows.
But The Lincoln Square apartments aren’t alone in their development. A historic rail shed next door—where President Abraham Lincoln’s body passed through—is now becoming a Sprouts grocery store, and it has a lot to offer as well.
The historic facade is complemented by its industrial-looking interior, which features exposed pipes and roofing, as well as a concrete floor. The contemporary look will likely fit well with the all-natural vibe of Sprouts, an Arizona-based organic grocery store company.
The Lincoln Square just started leasing apartments two weeks ago, and they expect to be finished with construction this summer.