Morning Headlines: Queen Lane Apartments Getting Cleared Out For Demolition

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Don’t worry, months of waiting are almost over (but not quite yet)!

PlanPhilly’s Aaron Moselle reports the demolition prepping for the Queen Lane Apartments is still coming along, and that, although an official date has not been set, an October implosion might be in order once the city gives its approval to the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

So why exactly is demo preparation for the sixteen-story building taking so long? Well, it’s a painstaking process to say the least: “Crews have to remove all appliances, cabinetry, debris and other materials from every floor.” (Emphasis mine.) Yikes. Also, let’s not forget it was put on hold when a discovered burial ground was discovered on the property.

Once the building is taken down, a 55-unit building will take its place.

Crews clearing way for impending Queen Lane Apartments implosion [PlanPhilly]

In other news…

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Restored Fitler Square Townhouse with Two-Story Wall of Windows

2317 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA.

2317 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA.

There’s a brick courtyard with a fountain behind this three-story Fitler Square home, but what makes this detail an important one is the fact that it can be seen and accessed from the family room, a room which boasts antique wood paneling, spiral staircase, and, get this, a 20-foot “wall of windows.”

At the front of the home is the living room with built-ins, fireplace, wet bar, and exposed brick wall, while the island-centered kitchen can be found on the lower level with its custom cabinetry and U-Line wine refrigerator. (There’s a laundry/storage room here too.)

The second floor contains the master bedroom and its renovated stone bathroom, as well as a bonus room to be turned into whatever you please. Another bedroom and bath can be found on the third floor.

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Banana Republic Factory Comes to 1911 Chestnut

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Shoppist has given confirmed: the liquor store that once sat across from the former Boyd Theatre will be a Banana Republic Factory.

The sizable retail space (6,600 square feet!) isn’t the only one that’s been plucked off the market, however. Over on Walnut, Timberland is setting up a flagship at 1709 that will open sometime at the end of this year.

Retail News: Banana Republic Factory and Timberland Coming to Philly [Shoppist]

New Hope Estate Includes A Guest Suite with Three Bedrooms

2103 Street Road, New Hope, PA.

2103 Street Road, New Hope, PA.

As per the photo, interior stone walls, exposed beamed ceilings, and reclaimed hardwood floors in chestnut and walnut are just few of the eye-catching details in this Bucks County residence.

Others features deserving mention are its theater room, custom-built bar, original and remastered Mercer tile stack, and barn doors dating back 300 years. The main house also has a limestone-floored kitchen, which opens into the family room and is equipped with high-end appliances and farmhouse sink.

The listing also mentions the home having “original materials from ‘The Bleak House’ (c.1850),” a reference Google Search indicates (What? The agent didn’t pick up! ) may be referring to a building that served as setting inspiration for Charles Dickens’ Bleak House.

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Manayunk’s Main Street Is Getting A New Store…For Runners!

Philadelphia Runner's new Manayunk storefront

Philadelphia Runner’s new Manayunk storefront

Some good news for Manayunk runners: Main Street is getting a new face thanks to Philadelphia Runner, Be Well Philly reports.

The athletic store, which has a projected “build out” date for this September, will have Canno Design (who just revamped Charlie is a sinner) working on its storefront. Be Well’s Emily Leaman also spoke to PR’s outreach coordinator who said,”We really think Manayunk’s best days are ahead, and we want to be a part of the continuing revitalization of the business corridor.”

Let’s hope so! The news comes after Bryn Mawr Running Company closed its doors a few doors down last fall.

New Details: Philadelphia Runner to Open New Manayunk Store [Be Well Philly]

Morning Headlines: The Gallery Is Getting A $106 Million Makeover

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Well, we can’t wait to see this! Yesterday, PREIT announced Macerich Co, a mall developer from California, will invest $106.8 million into redeveloping the Gallery.

Macerich owns fifty-five locations throughout the country, including the Deptford Mall. The Inquirer’s Joe DiStefano says the company, which is putting up funds along with PREIT on “on a 50/50 basis,” will be getting 50% interest out of the deal.

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Sylvan Edge Estate Is Just Minutes From Lynnewood Hall

TREND photo via

TREND photo via Long & Foster

Given its proximity, it seems almost criminal not to mention Sylvan Edge’s fascinating neighbor, Lynnewood Hall, first. Thus, a little history of the phenomenal property that’s now on the market for $20 million:

The property, built in 1898 from a commission made by Peter A.B. Widener to Horace Trumbauer, had additions constructed by Trumbauer and Angus Wade. The former’s carriage house has echoes of Versailles’ Petite Trianon, making the nickname given to it by Widener’s grandson all the more appropriate: “the last American Versailles.”

Between 1909 and 1910, Trumbauer added the Van Dyck gallery for Widener’s growing art collection. A decade later, he re-imagined the carriage house so that it could serve as a residence for the family of Widener’s grandson. In 1996, doctor and Reverend Richard S. Yoon bought the property after its former owners, a seminary, had rid the estate of significant features. Interior shots of Lynnewood Hall can be found here. And videos here.

Sylvan Edge, on the other hand, is like a scaled down version of the Lynnewood estate. This gated home, which has been featured in the likes of Architectural Digest, is situated on a cobblestone Belgian block driveway with walled courtyard.

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Unique Upper Merion Home Overlooking Gulph Creek

117 Arden Road, Gulph Mills, PA.

117 Arden Road, Gulph Mills, PA.

Don’t be fooled by the crisp white exterior of this eighteenth-century stone manse. It was once a cluster of individual textile mills, which have since been combined to create a roomy abode looking out onto the waters of Gulph Creek at Hanging Rock.

As one might expect, the woods-surrounded home has an interesting interior layout. For one thing, the floor plan permits for two master bedrooms, one of which has a custom-outfitted dressing room. Distinctive features include Mercer tile, exposed beams and timbers, and six fireplaces–all of which are artisan-crafted.

The home’s outdoor highlights are its terraced gardens, two-car garage with upper level, and numerous outdoor entertaining spaces. Gallery below.

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Midday Headlines: Rittenhouse Club Horror Story

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New projects in and around the city are thriving (even if approvals can be cumbersome), but not all developments are created equal. Case in point: the Rittenhouse Club condo apartments in Norristown.

In an an article written for the Inquirer, Carolyn Davis tells the home buyer horror story that unfolded with a Norristown condo complex at its center.

The 26-unit project by developer R. Bruce Fazio cropped up with issues from the start. And not just cliché, annoying-leaky-pipes type of issues. No, more like scary naked wiring and wooden fire-escape staircase (what?!) issues. And it doesn’t stop there:

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City Finally Dismantles Boarded Up Frankford Home

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4712 Worth Street (center)
Photo credit: Google Street View.

It’s not even city-owned blight, which begs the question…if it had it been, how much longer would it have taken? After almost a year of neighborhood meeting complaints and 311 calls to the city, the boarded up charred remains of this Frankford home are finally being removed. And at a heavier penny than usual, too.

John Loftus of the Northeast Times reports that after 4712 Worth Street burned down last July, the city stamped it with the ever ubiquitous “imminently dangerous” label and barred its entry. (Although a neighbor says possums and raccoons still managed to settle in.)

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