It wouldn’t be fair to say that Matt Pestronk — one half of the development team the Post Brothers — is taking pleasure in witnessing the legal difficulties faced by the Ironworkers union. He hasn’t said anything of the kind. But given his own struggles with the building trades, he can’t be unmoved by recent developments.
After all, his own business is still hampered by ongoing legal entanglements with the unions, which he talks about here with WPHT’s Dom Giordano:
Image of Paseo Verde apartment house via Paseo Verde website.
In her latest column, Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron writes about the new North Philadelphia development Paseo Verde, calling it “a trifecta of socially responsible development.” And it achieves what seems almost impossible: it “makes peace with gentrification.” If development around Ninth and Berks were to follow “the usual Philadelphia script,” says Saffron, there would be two possibilities:
Either the neighborhood would surrender to developers and allow a construction free-for-all. Or, it would dig in, using its political power to hold onto the acres of vacant land in the hope that someone, some day, might build subsidized housing.
Instead residents found a third, and better, way…
The four-story apartment house makes peace with gentrification by accepting high-end, modern apartments as a fact of life. But it also ensures that longtime residents will have a good place to live if the area takes off and prices spike.
To achieve that tricky balance, nearly half of Paseo Verde’s 129 units are set aside for low-income residents at reduced rents. The other 67 go for market rates. After a quiet opening in the fall, Paseo Verde is now home to a mix of Temple University students, professionals, and low-wage workers.
Frankford Avenue near Susquehanna is getting a spinning studio, Ciclo, on March 8. Owner Mina Carroll, a Port Richmond native, is opening the studio partly for selfish reasons: She’s tired of shlepping to Center City for spin classes. So 16 bikes are on their way to the 19125, as are classes. For more info, check this out:
Partial rendering of new building on King of Jeans’ former site via Passyunk Post.
It’s taken some time, but at last the residential/commercial transformation of one-time retail hotspot King of Jeans has been approved by the Zoning Board. Passyunk Post reports that developer Andy Kaplan, former partner in the Goldenberg Group, can now demolish the existing building and create from its denim ashes a five-story building with ground-floor retail, office space, and 12 rental apartments. True, Kaplan, of Rockland Capital, still has to get a demo permit, but that shouldn’t be a huge obstacle.
The city has never been more efficient. From PlanPhilly:
Less than six weeks after Comcast announced it would build a second tower in Center City, in what the company is calling the largest private investment in the history of Pennsylvania, nearly all of the approvals are in place for construction to begin. On Tuesday, two City Council committees approved five bills that would allow the project to move forward.
The website Philly Love Notes – a treasure trove of urban revelation — published a paean to the Graffiti Underground written by Property’s editor, aka, me. Love Notes editor Emma Fried-Cassorla took some beautiful photos of the spot, and respected my wishes to be as un-photographed as possible when photographed. Check the whole thing out right here.
This Sonoma Retreat by Aidlin Darling received an ASLA Honor Award. Surely, you can replicate it. Photo: Marion Brenner.
The results are in from the American Society of Landscape Architects‘ 2014 trends survey, which asked landscape architects across the country to handicap the popularity, in the next year, of residential outdoor design elements in six categories: Design Elements, Living Features, Recreation Amenities, Landscape/Garden Elements, Sustainable Design Elements, and Outdoor Structures. What do we learn? A projected desire among Americans to enjoy a landscaped, eco-friendly, well-lit environment with, say, a grotto, but without doing too much work to maintain it. Sounds about right.
Here are the top 6 trends predicted for 2014 across all categories:
Two real estate companies made an announcement yesterday of a joint purchase of most of the 17-story Avenue of the Arts building, which has the Olive Garden and Capital Grille on the ground floor, and Art Institute student housing on floors 4 through 17.
Washington, D.C.-based MRP Residential and the commercial Principal Real Estate Investors plan a “comprehensive redevelopment” of the building into a luxury apartment complex. The deets:
- 220 Class A residential units
- New building lobby
- Leasing office
- Fitness center
- Theater room
- Interior landscaped courtyard
- Roof deck
- Renovated elevators
The companies plan to keep Olive Garden and Capital Grille. The project has a target completion date of early 2016.