Homes proposed for South Philadelphia furniture warehouse site

Developer Kumas Homes LLC is aiming to build rowhouses and duplexes at the current site of a warehouse property spanning a full city block at Sixth and Moore Streets in South Philadelphia under a proposed partnership with the parcel’s current Brooklyn, N.Y.-based owner.

The Philadelphia-based developer’s plan calls for 25 single-family homes between Sixth and Seventh Street on the McClellan Street side of the block, with 23 duplexes totaling 46 units on the Moore Street side, Kumas spokesman Clifford Lasky said in an interview Tuesday.

Also planned are commercial units on both Moore Street corners of the 45,878-square-foot site and 84 parking spaces sandwiched between the rows of homes, Lasky said.

Kumas is scheduled to address the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association on Wednesday evening to seek support for zoning adjustments needed to permit the project, Lasky said. The site’s current industrial-mixed-use zoning would limit development there to apartment units atop street facing-commercial spaces, without any parking, he said.

The deal transferring possession of the site from current owner Phillip Li to a partnership between him and Kumas is contingent on the zoning adjustments being obtained, according to documents filed with the city’s records department.

Kumas Homes and and other affiliates of founder Frank Kumas have built more than 100 homes citywide over the last decade, including a nine-home development across Moore Street from the furniture warehouse site, Lasky said.

The warehouse project, which will be the developer’s largest to date, was first reported by real estate website Naked Philly.

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