Fitz4 project to bring high-end homes to 1600 block of Fitzwater
When it comes to quality, Graduate Hospital can expect a new development in the 1600 block of Fitzwater to kick it up a notch or two. Last night at the monthly SOSNA Zoning meeting, a representative from the Metro Impact development team presented plans for a project dubbed “Fitz4,” which will bring four single-family homes to 1624, 1626, and 1628 Fitzwater St. as well as 741 S. Chadwick St. adjacent to the Fitzwater properties. Currently, the properties are vacant and considered unfortunate eyesores in an area that has seen an exceptional amount of new investment in recent years.
What the finished project will look like, viewed from Fitzwater just east of Chadwick
Metro Impact has completed a huge amount of development in Graduate Hospital in recent years. But according to even the developers themselves, their new construction products have the reputation of being somewhat cookie-cutter and standardized. Fortunately, this current proposal flies in the face of those assumptions, as the homes will be high quality, customized, and unlike anything currently found in the neighborhood.
A view of the project’s neighbors, looking north on Chadwick Street
Amenities abound on these units, including three floors of living space, green roofs, fourth floor roof decks/access, off-street parking and car lifts to fit two cars, and high quality materials, including Trespa panels, wood, and brick. Additionally, the developer plans to plant street trees along the entire block of Chadwick Street with the goal of making this particular block even more desirable and one of the best in the ‘hood.
East side Chadwick Street elevation
The homes’ curb cuts will all be located along Chadwick Street, signifying the prioritization of the Fitzwater Street pedestrian realm at the apparent expense of that on Chadwick Street. This issue did not seem to bother the South of South Neighborhood Association Zoning Committee or any neighborhood citizens, as the project won overwhelming approval.
The first phase of construction will include the three homes on the southeast side of the intersection while the property across the street will be used for staging purposes. Phase two will round out the development with the construction of the fourth and final home. While the developer has yet to set price points, they expect these homes will start from the $700,000s and go up from there. So along with quality, it seems this development will kick price points up a notch or two as well.