Now for some happy(?) news. NakedPhilly.com reports that the Quaker City Dye Works may be coming back to life as a mixed-used development, including a whole lotta lofts.
This couldn’t come at a better time given this morning’s article covering the state of some more abandoplexes across the city. (Inky)
I’m fairly certain this developer will have no problems getting their approvals, AND it will be done correctly. Why? City Council President Darrell Clarke’s backyard literally touches this property.
The Piazza in Northern Liberties is a testament of what repurposing an abandoplex is capable of doing to a blighted area. In the case of NoLibs, it’s put a very loud exclamation mark over Northern Liberties that says “This Area Has Come Back from the Dead. People want to live here.” It does this in a very loud way that naysayers cannot ignore.
The Thomas Buck Hosiery building was getting close that point. Had it been repurposed, there would be no way you could have not noticed its renewal–everyone who passed by it from the EL was forced to look at the building as the train makes the slow curve to Kensington Avenue. There were other developers who wanted the Buck Hosiery building, but unfortunately the Fates didn’t allow for that.
We should not repeat that mistake.