Pier 35.5, 709 North Penn Street
|What a travesty. Image from Google.|
Pier 35.5 began as the southern shore of the mouth of Cohocksink Creek, aka Stacey's Creek. That little creek was an important waterway for the early Swedish settlers of the Philadelphia area. During the British occupation of Philadelphia in 1777, the British dammed the creek and set up artillery along it's south side, including the site of this empty lot. After the war, the area didn't see much development until Philadelphia County consolidated in 1854. At that point, the creek was organized into a canal and used by all the industrial needs in the area.
|Pier 35.5 as seen in the 1875 G.M. Hopkins map.|
|There it is on the left, being cleared on January 7, 1960. It was called Pier 36 back then.|
Then the market tanked and almost all of the projects never happened. The ones that did get through were built in a half-ass way. Here's a diagram from that crazy period, with updates:
|Click to read all of the details.|
|Alright, so it's not that exciting.|
|Giant Trump will rise out of the ground and shit on you if you don't buy. Originally posted by Swinefeld at Skyscraper Page.|
1) The same owner that purchased the lot for 10 million bones on April 4, 2006 still owns it and is paying the $61k property tax bill every year. Strangely, the address of the LP that owns the space is based in a residential home in Brooklyn.
2) Pier 35.5 is one of the only piers that goes completely ignored by the Master Plan for the Central Delaware. This gigantic plan uses up almost all of the empty lots and piers along the river, yet Pier 35.5 stands alone and untouched.
|There it is on the right. Suspicious, this is.|
|Don't know if it's old, new, fantasy, or an actual proposal.|