Northeast Philly’s Center for Autism Awarded $1 Million Grant For Expansion

The Center for Autism in Philadelphia has two facilities, one of which has just received a $1 million grant courtesy of the state’s Economic Initiative Grant Program. John George at the Business Journal reports the money will go to expanding the center’s satellite facility in Northeast Philadelphia:

Awarded through the state’s Economic Initiative Grant Program, the money will be used to renovate space at center’s Grant Avenue location, which will allow the facility to provide 350 more evaluations each year and serve 270 more individuals and families through its various treatment programs.

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New Owner of 1635 Market to Invest $5 Million in Renovations

Photo via Loopnet.

Photo via Loopnet.

According to the Inquirer’s Erin Arvedlund, New York-based firm Nightingale Properties has bought Seven Penn Center, the 19-story building at 1635 Market Street.

The Tuesday purchase was made at an undisclosed price, but plans for a $5 million dollar renovation are already in the works as real estate agents with CBRE, the company marketing the property, say its new owner is “committed to transforming 1635 Market into a modern, high tech facility.” Changes are set to include the structure’s “facade, main lobby, concourse elevators, common corridors and bathrooms.”

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$1 Million Haddonfield Residence with the Greatest Neighbors

Photos by owner via Zillow.

Photos by owner via Zillow.

This is one of those “for sale by owner” houses we rarely feature on Property, but we opted to include this one for its family-friendly appeal. According to the owner, the 1900 Victorian is in a spot-on location with top schools and PATCO’s Haddonfield Station all within walking distance. They also call their immediate neighbors “the best in town” and note the decades-old tradition of having a neighborhood Fourth of July block party with a float.

Other elements that make it an inviting home are its modern-day amenities, which include newly refinished basement and master and guest bathrooms, an in-home office with its own entryway and bathroom, and a kitchen that was remodeled in 2004 and has reclaimed barn hemlock floors with Mark Wilkinson cabinets, SubZero fridge, honed limestone countertops and Viking 6-burner stove and double oven.

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Morning Headlines: Game-Changing Tower Planned For Walnut Street

Photo via Google Street View.

The long-planned “Fergie Tower” project by U3 Ventures has officially passed over to the Goldenberg Group who bought the site of the proposed mixed-use development for $8.2 million, according to Natalie Kostelni at the Philadelphia Business Journal. A 26-story tower with 300 apartments and ground-level retail space is anticipated for the property at 1213-19 Walnut Street.

Kostelni adds that the $100 million project “has the potential to be a game changer for that part of Walnut Street and an anchor east of Broad Street.” Here are early renderings of the planned structure when U3 Ventures and Goldenberg teamed up in April.

Parking lot where ‘Fergie Tower’ was proposed sold to Goldenberg Group [Business Journal]

Meanwhile, in other news…

Artist Transformed South Philly Building Into Incredible Art Space

You know him from his stunning Magic Gardens on South Street, but now you’ll know him for the two-story Watkins Street building that he’s made his personal art project for last eight years.

Of course, whether you or I will get to see Isaiah Zagar’s 10,00-square-foot work in person is a whole other story. From NewsWorks:

About 80 people who bought tickets to a dinner party this week explored the artspace while eating barbacoa, a Mexican-style barbecue by a proprietor of a local food truck. Afterwads the space closed again. Zagar has no immediate plans to make it a public space.

Mosaic master Isaiah Zagar offers small taste of latest art space (photos) [NewsWorks]

Trinity Tuesday: Northern Liberties Home That’s “In Walking Distance to Everything” For Sale

1027 N Hope St, Philadelphia, PA, 19123

All photos by TREND via RE/MAXX ACCESS.

As one would expect from a home smack dab between Northern Liberties and Fishtown, this trinity house is “in walking distance to everything,” to quote the listing. No kidding, WalkScore dubs it a Walker and Biker’s Paradise, which makes sense since it’s within two blocks of the Piazza and is right next to all the goodies both neighborhoods have to offer.

The home itself is a renovated structure that boasts a pristine new bathroom (seriously, check it out in the gallery below) and kitchen with a full wall backsplash. Exposed brick can be found in the living and dining areas, while original features include wood floors and a spiral staircase.

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Move-In Ready Victorian with Coffee Nook and Two-Story Barn

128 W Wayne Ave, Wayne, PA, 19087

All photos by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach.

Movie theater, restaurants, and a slew of shops are all minutes away from this meticulously renovated (but also carefully preserved) Eastlake Victorian in South Wayne, which, for all its location charms, offers its own attractions to potential homeowners.

The living room for one contains a cozy wood-burning fireplace, while the kitchen has a lovely coffee nook with room for larger seating in addition to already having a granite island and DCS and GE Monogram appliances. Outside, a two-story barn, which includes space for two cars, storage, and hayloft, has R5 zoning, which allows for it to be converted into a guest home, office or separate dwelling.

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Morning Headlines: New Luxury Hotel to Replace Four Seasons After Renovation

Rendering of the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center interior.

Rendering of the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center interior.

The Inquirer’s Bob Fernandez reports the Four Seasons Hotel, set to move to the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center when it’s completed in 2018, will shut its doors at One Logan Square this June. Following an extensive renovation, its former site will reopen under a yet to be named luxury hotel (although whispers of a Marriott have been circulating.)

Sage Hospitality, Fernandez adds, will be in charge of the transition and intends to keep as many Four Seasons employees as possible:

Walter Isenberg, chief executive officer and president of Sage Hospitality, said that the Four Seasons in Philadelphia “has earned a spot as one of the city’s most important hospitality assets. While honoring the property’s past, we will make it relevant to today’s traveler as a modern luxury hotel. We are excited to be joining the Philadelphia community and look forward to introducing a new restaurant concept from our Sage Restaurant Group.”

Sage intends to retain as many Four Seasons employees as possible, Isenberg said.

Four Seasons to close for renovations in June [Inquirer]

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For Sale: Attractive East Falls French Tudor with Turret Entrance

3306 Warden Dr, Philadelphia, PA, 19129

3306 Warden Dr, Philadelphia, PA, 19129

Less than five minutes from Grace Kelly’s childhood home stands this French Normandy stone beauty.  Built sometime in the 1920s, the home has seen updates over the years but has fortuitously had its original character and architectural detail preserved.

Among its more standout traits are its turret entry, rooster weathervane, casement windows and a Juliet balcony overlooking the front path. (We’re sure anyone would feel like royalty from that vantage point.) Interior highlights include a curved staircase, sunken living room with central fireplace, sizable master suite, new master bathroom and new kitchen with mosaic tile backsplash, granite counters and an adjoining breakfast area.

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