Is Something in the Works at the Castleway Tower Lot?

Could it be showtime for the long vacant lot? | Photo: James Jennings

Here’s the lot. | Photo: James Jennings

Crews are on site taking soil samples at the long vacant lot on the 1900 block of Walnut Street. If you’ve been following along for better part of the past decade, it’s the site of the ambitious boutique hotel/condo tower project from Irish developer Castleway Properties.

Could one of our predictions for 2015 soon become a reality?

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Don’t Get Any Ideas, Condo Developers. This Philly Spot Is Spoken For!

The site in July 2014. | Photo via Google Street View.

The site in July 2014. | Photo via Google Street View.

Nothing is for certain just yet, but yesterday’s presentation of a bill that would rezone a site currently taken up by vacant buildings for a park space was definitely a step in that direction.

According to PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced the bill, which paves the way for the proposed Carpenter Green, a project by the South of South Neighborhood Association. SOSNA envisions the land as “green recreation space.”

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Your New Coworking Space Is…At Home?

Photo credit: Noel Hidalgo via Flickr

Jelly | Photo credit: Noel Hidalgo via Flickr

Coworking spaces have been popping up in almost every major city in the country, and Philadelphia is no exception: last February, Philly had about 578 coworking spaces, a number which grew with the addition of The Fire Works in Cedar Park, Old City’s The Hive,  Industrious on South Broad and Old City, and now, the upcoming Turnkey Startups in Brewerytown (set to open next month).

And we’re sure there’s more we missed and more to come.

(Speaking of which, check out last year’s winners of the best coworking spaces for business and creative types categories in Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly list.)

But now comes the next step in the evolution of workplace environments. Co.Exist‘s Adele Peters recently published an article on Hoffice, a Swedish project that involves turning a work-from-home freelancer’s residence into a temporary coworking space. Peters sets the scene thusly…

Parking–Not Little Pete’s–Is Biggest Issue at Hudson Hotel Meeting

Hudson Hotel and Little Pete's

The public meeting regarding the proposed Hudson Hotel at 17th and Chancellor Street was well attended last night. Concerned citizens packed a room at the nearby 10th Presbyterian Church to hear more from the development team as well as air out some of their issues with the project.

Topics like parking, traffic patterns and congestion, sky plane and corrective legislative zoning were all hot topics for those in attendance. You know what two words were not mentioned once during the meeting?

Little Pete’s.

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Haddonfield Home Going for $1,085,000

TREND photos via Lenny, Vermaat, & Leonard Inc.

TREND photos via Lenny, Vermaat, & Leonard Inc.

Beautiful red oak stained floors are throughout the first two levels of this unassuming Jersey home that, it goes without saying, is very nice indeed.

To begin, there’s a showcase kitchen with a white Arabesque marble island, countertops made of granite, and Signature custom cabinetry. The dining room boasts a coffered ceiling and has pillars with custom trim work. Meanwhile, the great room offers a warming stone hearth gas fireplace.

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Morning Headlines: What Will 30th Street Station Look Like in 2040?

30th st station

We already know that our beloved 30th Street Station–yes, we’re still calling it that–is one of the busiest hubs in the nation. But what will it be like in the year 2040? As Jim Saksa of PlanPhilly points out, that’s partially up to you, boss:

The district plan is a joint effort by Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, SEPTA and other stakeholders to create an implementable vision for the 175-acre area surrounding the station.

In the coming months, the team will develop three different scenarios for the district come 2040. Following another round of public feedback and feasibility studies, those three scenarios will be synthesized into a single District Plan, which will be fully implementable the day it’s released (sometime around fall 2016).

So, do you really want to see the rail yards north of 30th Street Station capped and turned into a platform for the next office and residential towers in a confluence of transportation, residential and commercial activity? Then you kind of have to get involved.

In order for the rail yard cap to happen, that land (technically, the air rights above it) needs to be worth enough to justify the tremendous cost of covering it. Just as the development of Hudson Yards is covering the price of putting a lid on the West Side Yard, burying the rail yard would be effectively paid for with the rent from the skyscrapers built on top.

Here’s to get (and stay) involved in the process. You can also take this handy survey to help out even more!

Will plans for 30th St. Station District include capping rail yards? That’s up to you [PlanPhilly]

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Stop What You’re Doing: 1910 Rittenhouse Square Just Hit The Market

Photos by Jay Ratchford via Allan Domb Real Estate

Photos by Jay Ratchford via Allan Domb Real Estate

Are you sitting down? Please, take a seat–a rare piece of Philadelphia real estate just hit the market. Listed for $7.5 million, 1910 Rittenhouse Square is so gorgeous that it was once dubbed “Philadelphia’s Most Extravagant Townhouse” in a video done by Plum TV.

While the video was merely a showcase of the stunning home, you can now own the 4-story gem that’s a few steps from Rittenhouse Square. In fact, it boasts unobstructed views of The Square and so much more.

Trust us, you’re not going to want to miss this gallery.

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Report Finds Philly Is Among the Best Markets for Renting to Millennials

Millennials have no doubt been the source of several headlines these last few years, and it looks like the Generation Y-talk won’t be stopping anytime soon.

Case in point, a recently released RealtyTrac report which, in addition to examining the best U.S. markets for buying residential rental properties in the first quarter of 2015, takes a look at the best markets for renting to millennials.

The results? Well as you can see from the chart below, the Greater Philadelphia Area, which saw a 25 percent increase in its millennial population between 2007 and 2013, has one of the country’s highest annual rental returns thanks to an 18.78 percent annual gross yield.

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Either/Or: Two Condos at The Ayer

All TREND photos via Redfin

All TREND photos via Redfin

Nothing like a good face-off between luxury condos at the Ayer for that mid-afternoon lull, am I right? For this Either/Or edition, we’ve chosen two single-bedrooms for you to pick over the other. Both have wood floors, an additional study area, and one-and-a-half bathrooms.

The one thing that does set them apart though is that the second home, unit #2SW (pictured left) has both a terrace with views of Washington Square and stone bathrooms.

But before you get to voting (poll after the jump), don’t forget to take a look at the gallery and price details!

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Chestnut Hill’s Skyspace Will Be Open on Valentine’s Day

Photo credit: Flickr user camera_obscura

Photo credit: Flickr user camera_obscura

Here’s an unorthodox (but still good vibes-inducing) idea for February 14th: go to Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting’s Skyspace for a relaxing view of the sky at dusk.

If you’ve never been, here’s how Liz Spikol describes her first experience at the Skyspace:

This morning, for example, there was a sunrise viewing. Visitors (myself included) lay down on the floor in sleeping bags or on the pews with blankets looking up at the ceiling. A square in the ceiling was revealed — a skylight without any glass — so that the cold air came in and we were looking directly at a fragment of sky. That fragment changed colors from bright blue to deep green to yellow to almost white — not because the color of the sky was changing, but because of the shifting colored light projected onto the walls around the skylight. Picture the Rothko Chapel if the paintings kept changing colors as the sun rose.

Of course, the Valentine’s Day Skyspace event is scheduled for 5:35pm, but we’re guessing it’s not so different from a morning viewing.

WHAT: Skyspace at Chestnut Hill Friends
WHEN: Saturday, February 14th, 5:35pm (arrive 15 minutes early to get a good spot!)
WHERE: Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 East Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118
REGISTER: Free, but registration is required and donations are accepted

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