Jaw Dropper of the Week: This High-End Haddonfield Home Was Tailor-Made for Spring

Images via Sotheby’s International Realty

Images via Sotheby’s International Realty

Seriously? As if this custom-designed residence nestled right off historic Kings Highway weren’t pleasant enough with its foliage surround and, quote, “artistically landscaped secret garden” to lure us, its designers went ahead and incorporated its wonderfully verdant location into the home’s interior: there’s a garden atrium facing one of the property’s private outdoor spaces.

Allergies keeping you from delighting in this news? No problem! There’s an entire wall with over-sized windows in the nineteen-foot high entertainment living room area (pictured above) that faces the aforementioned secret garden. In other words, a deluge of natural light and clear view of the grounds, which contain “stunning rock formations,” two small ponds and waterfalls, can go appreciated without all that pesky pollen ruining the scene for you.

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Boyd Theatre Proposal Denied “as Presented” to Historical Commission Committee

The new plans | Rendering: Eimer Architecture, Pearl Properties

The new plans | Rendering: Eimer Architecture, Pearl Properties

Representatives for the redevelopment what is simply being called the Boyd Theatre project made their presentation to the Architectural Committee of the Historical Commission on Tuesday. It’s safe to say that the designs, only seen by the public thanks to the application to the commission posted on the city’s website, haven’t been well received since their release last week.

Inga Saffron was blunt and demanded more from the development team and the Historical Commission. The forum at the Skyscraper Page felt uninspired. On Tuesday, the Architectural Committee officially gave its collective thumbs down to the proposal.

The summer temps and packed crowd in room 578 in City Hall made for a stuffy atmosphere for a presentation. While reps from Eimer Architecture and Pearl Properties had information to give to the committee, they didn’t have enough in there to paint a clear picture of the proposal. Read more »

Headlines: Groundswell Design Group Entrusted with Next Phase in Proposed Pocket Park Project

Image via Google Street View

Image via Google Street View

Are you a fan of Spruce Street Harbor Park? Apparently, Groundswell Design Group, the firm responsible for the popular outdoor space, has been hit up by the Roxborough Development Corporation to come up with design concepts for the proposed Ridge Avenue Pocket Park, a hoped-for neighborhood green space at 6170-72 Ridge Avenue.

The site consists of parking lot and the formerly vacant Allison Building, since redeveloped by RDC and now occupied by two upper floor tenants.

PlanPhilly’s Alan Jaffe has the scoop:

Taking on the next phase of the park plan is Groundswell Design Group, a firm whose recent projects have included Spruce Street Harbor Park, Winterfest, The Porch @ 30th Street Station, and portions of Dilworth Plaza. At the meeting, Groundswell designer Rob Brady, who lived in Roxborough for three years, said the firm would bring its experience in creating “activation spaces” to the Ridge Avenue project. He and Groundswell colleague Kyle Blackwell said their goal is to gather the “needs, likes and desires” of the community and return with design concepts.

Emphasis ours.

The meeting Jaffe is referring to is the “informal community meeting” that took place this past Thursday. According to him, residents presented their vision for the proposed space so that the Groundswell team might be well informed as to the desires of the neighborhood when going about this next phase. He adds that an online survey that gauged park ideas from some 200 residents was also conducted prior to this gathering. The concepts, as well as neighborhood feedback, are expected for the next meeting.


Plus, Northeast Philly is getting…

Northeast Philly is getting what?? Yes, folks, we’re getting two (hey, it’s a start) protected bike lanes! From Citified:

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New Exhibit Will Put CITC, Norman Foster on Full Display


The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will completely change the Philadelphia skyline forever, yet it just doesn’t seem like people are as pumped about it as they should be. East Market is getting a ton of plaudits. The same can be said for the Gallery. Admittedly, we’ve been tracking the progress at the W Hotel more than the CITC. Here’s a little bit of perspective: the CITC will be nearly twice as tall as the W and feature the Four Seasons Hotel on its top 12 floors. If you’re scoring along at home, that’s Norman Foster, Comcast’s second skyline busting tower full of innovation, a marquee hotel in the clouds and it will be the tallest building in North America outside of New York and Chicago.

Thankfully, the Philadelphia Center for Architecture realizes this and has a cool exhibit starting this week. Designing Our Skyline: The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center by Foster + Partners will run from May 29 through June 21. Not only will you get to learn all about the soon-to-be-tallest building in the city, but there will also be detailed models on display, renderings and “a timeline of concept sketches by Pritzker Prize winning Norman Foster.” It’s also completely free, which makes it even better.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held on May 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture at 1218 Arch Street and feature music, beer, wine and hors d’oeuvers. Register here.

Massive Office Property Adjacent to PHL to Be Part of Expansion?

400x347 International Plaza Tinicum Township in Delaware County

Image via Amerimar Enterprises website

There’s no official mention of this being part of the big expansion project slated for the Philadelphia International Airport (Automated. People. Mover. Enough said!), but it has piqued our interest as there’s the possibility that it might be.

According to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni, a bill that would pave the way for the city to buy the International Plaza property adjacent to the airport has been introduced to City Council. Extra space means extra new airport stuff, right?

Looks like it. Kostelni has this to say about the potential nature of the relationship between PHL and its 27-acre neighbor, an Amerimar Enterprises-owned tract consisting of a two-building office complex with a breezeway and parking:

It is assumed the property would go toward the eventual expansion of the Philadelphia International Airport. The airport has eyed the property for years for possible runway expansion or even for cargo operations.

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The Power Went Out in Claude Giroux’s Building Over the Weekend

10 Rittenhouse

10 Rittenhouse | Image: Google Street View

The power went out at 10 Rittenhouse over the weekend, leaving residents who stayed in town for the holiday without electricity for around 35 hours or so.

According to The Inquirer, the outage occurred around noon on Sunday and PECO blames an “underground cable problem” for the issues. KYW reports that the power was restored around 11 p.m. Monday night. So yes, even people that live in incredibly-priced condos right on Rittenhouse Square are subject to Philadelphia’s unpredictable infrastructure, including Claude Giroux.

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Trinity Tuesday: What’s Behind This Green Door in Queen Village?

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Walnut

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Walnut

Walk a block and half south from South and S American Streets and you’ll find a gate breaking a tight line of row homes. What lies beyond it? Take a look at the gallery and you’ll see that although the homes do have back yard enclosures, the path beyond the gate does not lead to them, but to a private courtyard facing a mini collection of houses instead.

One of these, an end trinity home with a green (chartreuse?) door, is on the market. Here’s what lies behind that door:

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Headlines: Apartments Planned for Superfresh Society Hill Site?

Superfresh Society Hill

Image via Google Street View

The Superfresh in Society Hill is near and dear to the hearts of nearby residents. So, it’s probably a safe bet that near-neighbors will be paying close attention to whatever the future holds for the current site near 5th and Pine. Natalie Kostelni of the Philadelphia Business Journal reports, “Alterra Property Group is in the preliminary stages of a proposal to construct a mixed-use development on a Society Hill property that now houses a Superfresh.”

It’s still early in the process (Alterra has the property under agreement), but Kostelni says that preliminary plans are to demolish the single-story building in favor for a larger, mixed-use apartment complex with “between 12,000 and 18,000 square feet of retail space.” Superfresh has a lease at the site until 2018. Lee Addimando, co-owner of Alterra, tells Kostelni, “we would love to try to bring back a grocery store.”

In Other News:

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Could a “Flip Tax” Put the Brakes on the New Boom?


Illustration by Gluekit (for sale sign: iStockphoto/Thinkstock; cone and building: Claudia Gavin)

Take a stroll along West Girard Avenue in Brewerytown and you’ll see a transformation under way. Since developer MM Partners began working in the area in 2001, it’s broken ground on a number of projects, started a street-cleaning program, and attracted businesses to the beleaguered corridor. It’s big-time stuff, but even with nearly $60 million more in investments planned over the next two years, founder David Waxman says MMP can’t do it all on its own: “Having smaller guys doing the one-off homes is a big help.” Read more »

Property’s Photo of the Week: Philadelphia Drone Edition

A video posted by Chris DeAntonio (@marinersax) on

Shout out to Chris DeAntonio (a.k.a. marinersax on Instagram) for posting this super dope drone clip a few weeks ago. It’s got us antsy for the start of Memorial Day weekend!

Anyone else plan on staying in the city? Don’t forget to take a bunch of #phillyscape pics! Now go, be safe, and have fun!!!

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