15 Homes Proposed for Warehouse on Front Street in Pennsport

Plans call for the building at 1422-28 South Front Street to be demolished. | Photo: James Jennings

Plans call for the building at 1422-28 South Front Street to be demolished. | Photo: James Jennings

It looks like there’s another large residential project on the way in Pennport. Plans call for 15 single-family homes to replace an old warehouse and vacant lot at 1422-28 South Front Street.

Patrick Conway, the listing agent on the property and project with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, told Property that it’s very early in the process and that a community meeting with the Pennsport Civic Association is being scheduled due to the need for a zoning variance. Dr. James Moylan, president of the Pennsport Civic Association, said they intend to meet with the development team sometime next week, with a public meeting held sometime after that.

The homes are being developed by KellyTown, the group behind the four super-luxe homes at 111 Walnut Street. (Side note: Conway said three of those on Walnut Street have already been sold.)

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PREIT Signs Up AT&T for Revamped 15th and Walnut Corner

Future AT&T Store at 1501 Walnut Street

A rendering of the renovations at 1501 Walnut Street. The corner will contain an AT&T Store. (Photo: PREIT)

Perhaps we can start calling the intersection of 15th and Walnut “Cell Phone Alley.”

A T-Mobile store already sits next to Butcher & Singer just down Walnut from 15th. The building containing a new Cheesecake Factory at 15th and Walnut has a Verizon Innovation store going in. And, today, PREIT announced it had signed AT&T Mobility for the 1501 Walnut Street location. That’s three cell phone stores at one intersection, pretty much. All that’s missing of the major carriers is Sprint!

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WATCH: A View of Philadelphia Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

It might be blasphemous to say, but much like living with complex human beings, sometimes Philadelphia can be a total pain in the derriere. It’s a city rife with struggle, ugliness, and crime; but also hope, beauty, and folks who will reach out to help you on instinct.

The latter description can be one that falls by the wayside for some of us who’ve lived here long enough. Oddly enough, we didn’t realize this until after having watched Cory J. Popp’s “Philadelphia From Above” video, which made us fall in complete and utter love with the city once more.

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Trinity Tuesday: Classic Restoration in Queen Village Features Modern Upgrades

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

Clocking in at 633 square feet, this three-story residence is as adorable as you might expect. Unlike some of its aged brethren, however, this little trinity in Queen Village was renovated in 2010 and is “an amazing restoration,” according to agent Josh Allen.

Updates include all new windows, high-end lighting, and reclaimed wood floors. Even the front door is new. Also on the first level are custom bookshelves, period wainscoting, and cabinets for if you want to keep all those TV and video game accessories out of the way. The kitchen and bathroom are both located on the second level and boast Carrara marble, the former of which comes with custom cabinetry, Liebherr fridge, and Wolf range with a vented hood. Back downstairs, the unfinished basement is used for storage.

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Go Green: Temple Offers Sneak Peek at “Verdant” Master Plan

Image by LRSLA studio Inc. via Temple News

Image by LRSLA studio Inc. via Temple News

Will Temple University ever build that much-whispered about football stadium everyone thinks they’re planning? Speculate all you want, it honestly doesn’t seem like the Owls are even thinking about that at this point. Instead, all signs point to the school buckling down on prepping for the upcoming green redesign of its main campus.

Visualize Temple, TU’s Campus Master Plan (.PDF), which came to our attention last December, will involve the demolition of Barton Hall, Beury Hall, and the Biology-Life Sciences building. Taking their respective places would be a new 210,000-square-foot library designed by Norwegian architect Snøhetta and Philadelphia-based Stantec, where Barton now stands, and a massive central green space – informally referred to as “the quad” –, where Beury Beach, its namesake hall and the Bio-Life building are currently located.

Other projects would also be phased in within the next five or so years, according to an October article from Temple News, including an interdisciplinary science building at 12th and Norris. This latter construction would be the only other structure slightly stepping out of Temple’s footprint, which university officials stress they have no plans to expand.

Complementing Visualize Temple is Verdant Temple, the university’s landscape master plan, which launched its pilot project at Temple’s Liacouras Walk and Wachman Plaza a little over a week ago. According to Temple News’ Brandon Lausch, work at the site will pave the way for “more social space” and better accessibility to Wachman Hall with the rest of campus.

It also serves as preview of what’s to come.

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Headlines: The Boom on Bainbridge Street is Very Real

The lot at 711-15 Bainbridge Street | Photo: James Jennings

The lot at 715-23 South 7th Street | Photo: James Jennings

Seven new homes are being planned at the Patriot Parking Lot near 7th and Bainbridge Street in Bella Vista. The T-shaped lot sits adjacent to the Good King Tavern and catty-corner to another project near Nomad Pizza. Naked Philly reports that the project has already received approval from the zoning board of adjustment and the Bella Vista Neighbors Association didn’t oppose the plans, although “some token architectural feedback offered, but nothing life-changing.”

An interesting thing is happening just south of South Street. As Mr. Fox points out, there are a string of major projects in the pipeline that make will make the two streets at least work in tandem with eachother, if not create direct competition. As in, South Street is where to go to get a little rowdy, but head to Bainbridge if you want a classier night. Dont believe us?  Read more »

Changing Tide: Millennial-Driven Apartment Development Planned for Atlantic City

The apartment building at 1 North Boston Avenue | Via Google Street View

The apartment building at North Boston and Atlantic Avenues | Via Google Street View

It seems like the lion share of development in Philadelphia these days is geared at capturing the ever-wandering attention of the young professional, also known as millennials. No matter what you call them, their influence isn’t only being felt in the City of Brotherly Love. Head southeast about 60 miles and there is an interesting apartment conversion about to take place that will look to serve the young workforce of Atlantic City.

Mark Callazzo wears a few hats in the region. For one, he’s the CEO of Alpha Funding Solutions, the lending and development team from Lakehurst, New Jersey behind the renovation of a former apartment building at 1 North Boston Avenue. He’s also the owner of the Atlantic City Bottle Co. and The Iron Room, a speakeasy restaurant in Atlantic City that happens to employ a few young people. Before the CEO Callazzo got involved in the renovation, he polled some of the “kids” at his restaurant to see what they thought of the city. The results? None of them live in A.C., mainly “because there is no good, affordable, cool housing,” said Callazzo. “And that’s what we’re looking to do.”

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Property’s Selfies: Allan Domb, Carl Dranoff and a Few Surprises

Allan Domb, City Council candidate.

Allan Domb, City Council candidate.

Did you know the world’s first selfie was (probably) taken in Philadelphia in 1839? In honor of the most historic month in American history (thanks again, Founding Fathers!), we’ve dedicated an entire cover and section of July’s Philadelphia magazine to the movers and shakers of the city in which a photographic phenomenon was born (albeit inadvertently) over 175 years ago. Without further adieu, here now are the selfies from Philly’s real estate, development and design world.

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Main Line Monday: Greta Garbo Might Have Lived in This Gladwyne Manse If …

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

When it comes down to it, Greta Garbo really might have lived in any one of the Main Line’s grand mansions had she elected to grace the area with her presence every now and then. But according to hearsay that’s been passed down through the decades, “River House,” a Schuylkill River-side residence in Gladwyne, this is the one she might have lived in. Per the listing:

Legend has it that “River House” was built for Leopold Stokowski, director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and his lover, famed film star, Greta Garbo, but following a disagreement, they never acquired the home.

We can’t vouch for that conjecture, but it is true that Stokowski and Garbo appeared to have been friends and travel companions.  In any case, River House went on to belong to another set of artistic types, in this case Helen Tyson Madeira and Louis C. Madeira IV. The Madeiras, who purchased the property in 1940, lived there “for nearly three-quarters of a century.” Now, the home is on the market for the first time since they acquired it.

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Headlines: Is Independence Mall Center City’s Next Hot Neighborhood?

independence-beer-garden-day-940

The Independence Beer Garden was a gamble that paid off on Independence Mall

In just a few short days, droves of people will descend on Independence Mall to celebrate the birthplace of America. But what if that shot of life to an otherwise sleepy tourist center were to stick around all year round?

Thanks in large part to a few people who saw some serious potential in the massive buildings surrounding America’s “most historic square mile,” it’s actually starting to happen. According to The Inquirer, it kicked off with the purchase of the Dow Building in 2013.

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