The Heid Factory Building is a long vacant building at 13th and Wood Streets, just north of Vine Street. It was originally owned by Frank P. Heid & Company, a hat manufacturer. It was later used for textile manufacturing and then warehousing. Several years ago, a developer considered renovating it into condos, but that idea didn’t work out and it has been vacant since. Now, developer PRDC is planning to renovate the Heid Factory into apartments and office and retail space. The renovation is being designed by Atrium Design Group.
The renovated building will have 96 rental units, with studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units. The lower floors will have a coworking space and commercial kitchen, overlooking an outdoor terrace, and a retail space on the first floor, which the developers would like to be a restaurant. The Heid Factory Building is eight stories tall and will have a large rooftop deck with several amenities. The rooftop amenities deck will have outdoor grills, a fire pit, a hammock lounge, a dog park, a projection system, interchangeable furniture, a garden, and an art installation. There will, also, be a fitness center in the building for the tenants. The renovation has received a variance for residential zoning by the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
The Callowhill neighborhood has been seeing much new development in recent years. The neighborhood is seeing the first phase of the Reading Viaduct Rail Park being completed. Around the corner from the Heid Factory Building, the Hanover North Broad apartments are nearing completion, at 12th and Vine Streets a new apartment tower is planned, at 10th and Vine Streets a new apartment tower is under construction, and at 10th and Callowhill another apartment building is planned. The Heid Factory renovation is a significant addition to these several residential developments.
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By, Gabriel Gottlieb