The development of Manayunk’s Venice Island has been a topic of discussion and debate for 20 years now. Developers wanted to build, but the land is prone to flooding, something that incited its fair share of controversy. After being tied up in the courts, Developer Carl Dranoff finally brought a project with 128 apartments to the island in 2007. Next came “The Isle,” another apartment project in 2016.
Finally, and most recently, there’s The Locks, a 63-unit town-home development that plans to wrap up in 2021, with homes that will reach nearly $900,000 apiece.