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Lawrenceville infill developments closing gaps in the neighborhood; Franktuary coming to Butler

The Croghan's Edge development in Lawrenceville broke ground less than one year ago on Penn Avenue.  Six months later, a vacant lot had been transformed into a stylish new townhouse, and its first tenants moved in.  Now, all four townhouses have been built and sold, and the final owners have just moved in. 

The project is just one of several infill developments in Lawrenceville that are helping to close the remaining the gaps in this neighborhood's urban fabric.

On Butler Street, the Shannopin's Edge development is near complete with phase I of a project that is bringing four new apartments and two new storefronts to former vacant lots in the 3800 block.

The first, 2,100-square-foot storefront was built for a restaurant, and developer Kris Senko says he has found a tenant in the popular Franktuary hot dog shop.  In addition to a more recent Franktuary food truck, the eatery has served lunch from the basement of Downtown’s Trinity Cathedral since 2004.  They plan to open their second location at Shannopin’s Edge by year’s end.

Phase II of the project will begin later this July, and includes a second, 1,350-square-foot storefront, and two more 1,650-square-foot, market-rate apartments. 

And at the prominent Doughboy Square intersection of Penn Avenue and Butler Street, October Development is nearing completion of five townhomes, the first of several new projects in the area.  Developers plan to break ground soon on a mixed-use building adjacent to the Roberto Clemente Museum, also on Butler.

Following the success of Croghan’s Edge, Emeka Onwugbenu says his company, E Properties and Development, has become confident in other development opportunities in Lawrenceville.  Onwugbenu says he is working closely with neighborhood organizations, and is collaborating on several other infill projects.

In addition to scattered single-family home renovations, E Properties is planning a four-story mixed-use building at the intersection of Butler and 38th street (adjacent to Piccolo Forno), which will include 12 apartment units, and first-floor retail and parking;  and renovations to a series of three row houses on 36th street.

Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Kris Senko; Emeka Onwugbenu
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