Permits have been filed for the demolition of a vacant two-story rowhouse at 1657 South Conestoga Street in Kingsessing, Southwest Philadelphia. The former single-family dwelling is located between Greenway Avenue and Kingsessing Avenue and will be torn down as part of the City of Philadelphia Demolition Program at a cost of $15,000. The property is owned by Biggs James. The contractor listed for the work is Mangual Demolition Inc.
The building features a second-floor bay window projecting over a covered porch. The exterior is clad in brick and is ornamented at the second floor and the parapet. Once demolition is complete, an erosion control mat with seed on lot will be placed on the site and stucco will be added to the sides of 1655 and 1659 South Conestoga Street. The sidewalk in front of the property will be replaced.
The 52 bus stops two short blocks to the east at the corner of Greenway Avenue and South 54th Street. The 11 and 13 trolleys run within a five-minute walking distance to the southeast and to the northwest, respectively. The S. Weir Mitchell Elementary School sits two blocks to the west at 5500 Kingsessing Avenue, with the Independence Charter School West located a block further to the west.