Vacant Properties in Point Breeze To Become Affordable Housing

The South Capitol St. property on which one of the developments will be built.

The South Capitol St. property on which one of the developments will be built.

The trend of socially conscious development continued this week, as the transferral of two Point Breeze properties to the Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) was approved by the Philadelphia Vacant Property Review Committee. The WCRP also announced that they were partnering with Citizens Acting Together Can Help (CATCH) to work on the project to provide affordable housing for families and veterans.

CATCH is a community group in Philadelphia that helps provide “supportive housing for disable veterans and others with special needs.”

The properties are located at 1308-1344 South Capitol St. and 1400-1428 South Taylor St. According to a press release, the plans are not finalized yet, but as of now they anticipate building around 30 one to three bedroom homes. Kramer+Marks Architects will design the development.

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Farmhouse Friday: A Legit Farmhouse Lives in New Hope

Alna Poultry Farm, New Hope, PA circa 1935

Alna Poultry Farm in New Hope, PA circa 1935. | TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

Some of the houses that we feature for Farmhouse Friday are essentially farmhouses in name only. They look like a farmhouse, and a lot of the time they’ll have a big yard, but there was never actually any intent to…well, you know, farm.

That’s not the case this week, and we’ve got proof.

Some of the photos that come with this quaint listing in New Hope are vintage pictures from 1935. One of them is of the house that still stands today, complete with a Depression-era automobile in the driveway. The other is of the barn that comes with the house. On the side of the barn in large block letters: “ALNA POULTRY FARM.” So, yeah. Legit.

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Heavenly Pursuit: Saint Laurentius in Fishtown Could Become Apartments

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It’s amazing what a difference a year can make, especially in the case of Saint Laurentius Church in Fishtown.

One year after facing the wrecking ball, developer Leo Voloshin has entered into an agreement of sale with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to purchase the building and convert it into an as-yet unknown number of apartments. Jared Brey of PlanPhilly reports that there is the “overarching contingency on the agreement” is that Voloshin has to be able to make sure the project financially viable.

More from Brey:”[Voloshin] plans to meet with community groups and pursue zoning approvals over the next few months. Parts of the building will need expensive repairs, he said—though perhaps not as expensive as the Archdiocese has claimed in the past.” Voloshin also said the deal wouldn’t close unless he can’t get the necessary zoning approvals in place.

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Beyond the Gallery: Developers Snap up Three Properties on Market East

The Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia

The Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia

There’s an interesting wrinkle to the redevelopment of The Gallery at Market East into the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia. PREIT and Macerich, the partnership developing the future outlet mall, have also purchased three properties across the street from the current downtrodden shopping center.

According to a report from The Inquirer’s Jacob Adelman, Joseph Coradino, PREIT’s cheif executive, said the plan is to find new tenants for these storefronts after the retailers at the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia have been selected. They could be used to lure businesses who might not fit the plans of new shopping center, but want to be in and around the action. Remember, the East Market project is bringing apartments and gobs of retail to 11th and Market in the not-too-distant future–so there should be plenty of action in the coming years.

The Inky found out through city records that the pair bought the properties between 1010 and 1024 Market Street, which includes the wave-like Robinson department store building, under multiple (and difficult to identify) names in November 2014 for a combined $17.24 million.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Malvern Estate Flaunts Indoor/Outdoor Pool, Safe Room

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Devon

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Devon

We’re heading back out to the far reaches of the Main Line to re-introduce one of our favorite homes to you: Malvern’s Mistwood estate.

Believe it or not, it’s still on the market and now it carries a lighter price tag (good new for you!). You can snag the 11.3 acre property (that boasts an in-credi-ible indoor/outdoor pool) for $2,249,000–that’s a $441,000 price cut from when we featured it a year ago.

We fully realize your desire to ravenously pour over the gallery, but here’s a brief reminder about what’s included (spoiler alert: there’s a safe room).

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Councilman Squilla Introduces New Zoning to Ease Path for Hyde Hotel Project

Hyde hotel

Hyde Hotel | Rendering via Dranoff Properties, BLTa

Though Carl Dranoff’s plans to bring the SLS LUX hotel and residences to the corner of Broad and Spruce have been delayed by the state budget impasse, that hasn’t held him up from moving onto his other sbe-backed hotel project: the Hyde Hotel at Broad and Pine.

Jared Brey of PlanPhilly reports that Councilman Mark Squilla introduced two new bits of zoning legislation last week that would “remove some obstacles” for the project. One seeks to up zone the property from CMX-4 to CMX-5, the most permissive commercial zoning classification; the other would take care of issues with parking, loading, and roof decks.

The proposed 22-story building is seen as a “bookend” to the SLS Lux project, which occupies the northern corner of the 300 block of South Broad Street. It would rise 292 feet off of the street, and contain a mix 76 hotel rooms, approximately 83 apartments, a ground floor restaurant and an underground parking garage. The roof deck legislation comes into play due to a separate roof top restaurant and deck on the 23rd floor.

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Trinity Tuesday: Not Your Grandfather’s Trinity

Here’s the view of Queen Village | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Trinity houses are inherently a bit outside the box. This house, however, is unique even for a trinity.

The Queen Village home on S 2nd Street has the familiar three-level set up, but it also has a wraparound porch (as you know, a favorite of ours), a shared patio, and a roof deck with planters and an irrigation system that has views of Center City. The brick exterior looks sharp with all of the foliage you could get growing, too.

The inside is a little more familiar. It’s got the cozy quarters that you expect for a trinity, but it’s multi-story fireplace is a real showstopper. The kitchen is pretty roomy, though, and has ample cabinet space and an interesting wood-tile combination on the floor.

It also has a spiral staircase leading from the hardwood-floored master bedroom up onto the roof.

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Affordable Housing Complex for Artists Breaks Ground in West Philly

4050 Haverford Avenue } Rendering: PEC

4050 Haverford Avenue | Rendering: PEC

West Philly is about to get another apartment complex, but this time it’s not geared toward student foodies or young professionals with money to burn.

The People’s Emergency Center (PEC) broke ground on a new building today that will bring 20 units of affordable housing for artists and people in need. The site at 4050 Haverford Avenue is currently a vacant lot.

The project will cost $7.2 million, and PEC said they will begin work at the site on Wednesday in the hopes to having it completed by December of this year.

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Market East: Gallery Rehab Won’t Be Finished Until at Least 2018

The Gallery - under renovation

The Gallery under renovation earlier this year. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

The Gallery won’t re-open as the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia anytime soon.

Macerich and Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, who are co-developing the transformation of the mall, say the project won’t be finished until 2018 or 2019 now. The news was first reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer; Macerich VP Robert Perlmutter revealed the news in a conference call with analysts last week.

The Gallery, originally hailed as generator of urban rebirth, had lost its anchor tenants in recent years, and storefronts on upper floors were generally vacant. Though the mall still had a lot of foot traffic and generated respectable sales per square foot, its reputation, quite frankly, stunk.

The eastern half of the mall is closed; the western half (Gallery II) is slowly clearing out for redevelopment. When that’s done, PREIT and Macerich will rehab it into the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia at Market East. Read more »

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